EXCLUSIVE: Wigan Athletic fail to pay their players on time AGAIN as the Championship club’s Bahrain owners miss their salary payment deadline for the third time…leaving members of Leam Richardson’s team considering their future
- Wigan Athletic have failed to pay their players on time for the third time
- The club had previously dismissed concerns that they were facing financial problems.
- Wigan was in administration in 2021 before the current owners bought the club
- Several members of Leam Richardson’s team are now considering their future.
Wigan Athletic pay their players late again.
Serious concerns have previously been raised about the financial situation at the Championship club after wages were delayed on two occasions.
They were sacked by officials of the Bahraini-owned team at the time with ‘Queen’s Jubilee’ and then ‘foreign bank problems’ cited as reasons.
Indeed, club president Talal Al Hammad boldly took to social media to deny there was a problem.
Wigan Athletic have failed to pay their players on time for the third time
However, it has been said that wages due on Friday did not land in bank accounts as expected, leaving some in Leam Richardson’s team considering their future.
It may also be revealed that third parties were approached and asked to find potential buyers for a club that was on the verge of liquidation just two years ago.
A figure of around £15m has been quoted, according to those familiar with the situation, which is understood to be close to five times what the current owners paid to get Wigan out of administration in 2021.
Despite the lack of transfer activity, which set off alarm bells given the Latics were promoted from League One last season, they currently sit a creditable 19th, three points outside the relegation zone.
The former Premier League club, who also won the FA Cup in 2013, host Watford on Saturday.
Wigan declined to comment on the matter or whether wages have already been paid. The EFL also declined to comment but is believed to be aware of the situation.