Wigan fail to pay all their salaries for the FIFTH time this season as players are given a day off to train… as the owners of the relegated side insist unpaid wages will be rectified at the ‘first opportunity’
- Wigan have failed to pay player and staff wages for the fifth time this season
- The club has informed supporters of the growing concerns in a statement
- Some staff were paid on Friday, while others had to wait
Wigan Athletic has updated supporters on current issues surrounding unpaid wages at the club.
Players have been given the day off to train ahead of their final Championship game of the season against Rotherham on Monday, after some staff were paid on Friday and others were not.
The financially struggling side have gone four times without wages this season and were deducted three points by the EFL for breaching an agreement reached in January when the club accepted a conditional fine.
Renewed issues with wage payments have resurfaced, with Wigan opting to address concerns via their official website, where they state there have been ‘some delays’.
Staff and players due wages have been instructed that they will be paid as soon as possible after the end of the current holiday weekend.
Wigan players have been given the day off to train as some staffers have not received their wages
Wigan has informed supporters and staff of concerns over unpaid wages at the club
Wigan’s statement read in full: ‘There has been some delay in the payment of wages due yesterday (Friday 5 May).
Staff wages were paid on Friday when the chairman, Mr. Talal Al Hammad, decided to pay as many employees as possible within the organization with available funds.
All remaining playing and non-playing employees will be paid as soon as possible after the Bank Holiday weekend.
The ownership group, Phoenix 2021 Limited, insist they are working hard to ensure this is rectified as soon as possible and again apologize for the stress this has caused.
Wigan chairman Talal Al Hammad (centre) previously stressed wage deferral ‘cannot happen again’
‘All players of the first team have had a training day today, given the difficult circumstances.
“The club will not comment further until there is more clarity.”
New issues will worry Latics supporters already worried about their club’s future after their relegation to League One was confirmed last month.
Wigan chairman Talal Al Hammad stressed earlier in March that the wage deferral “simply can’t happen again”.