Wigan Athletic confiscated the FA Cup in 2013, but is deeply in financial difficulties seven years later. The Latics are even under guardianship, it became known on Wednesday.
The coronavirus outbreak and temporary shutdown of the Championship have had a ‘significant impact’ on the club, a spokesperson announced. The current number 14 of the Championship hopes to find an external party as soon as possible that can keep the club afloat. “Wigan Athletic has been a key factor in the region since 1932 and gives the city something to be proud of. We invite anyone interested in acquiring this historic institution to report to the club’s management as soon as possible.”
Wigan promoted to the Premier League in 2005, became a familiar face at the highest level, but was relegated in 2013, shortly after the FA Cup stunt in the final against Manchester City. Since then, people have fluctuated back and forth between League One and the Championship. The current financial situation could also give The Latics a penalty of 12 points less: in that case Wigan would drop from place 14 to place 24 in one fell swoop and move on to relegation to League One.
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