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afootingmiracle21-12 wrote:
Very different context tho. IL generally covers operating losses (if there are any) of a couple of hundred thousand a season. Latics are still haemorrhaging money at a rate of 15k per week, 5mil per season, down from over a million a month.
Two very different situations. We are largely financially stable.


Not if IL pulls the plug. Don't forget the plug was pulled when their income was £0.

As far as I'm aware, Latics paid all of their non football creditors every season (I know one of them) and their football creditors were paid on time as agreed. Staff were paid on time every time (again, I know someone who worked at the stadium) They spent more than they brought in (the owners must have agreed the budgets) but so does every club. Some of the clubs in the championship are really bad financially.

We will never know about the admins because they answer to nobody, but Lisa Nandy mentioned parliamentary privalege on a podcast this week and then days later that article came out. Sounds like someone could be trying to get their 2p in first. Or maybe their £2m.
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Egg Chasing wrote:
afootingmiracle21-12 wrote:
Very different context tho. IL generally covers operating losses (if there are any) of a couple of hundred thousand a season. Latics are still haemorrhaging money at a rate of 15k per week, 5mil per season, down from over a million a month.
Two very different situations. We are largely financially stable.


Not if IL pulls the plug. Don't forget the plug was pulled when their income was £0.

As far as I'm aware, Latics paid all of their non football creditors every season (I know one of them) and their football creditors were paid on time as agreed. Staff were paid on time every time (again, I know someone who worked at the stadium) They spent more than they brought in (the owners must have agreed the budgets) but so does every club. Some of the clubs in the championship are really bad financially.

We will never know about the admins because they answer to nobody, but Lisa Nandy mentioned parliamentary privalege on a podcast this week and then days later that article came out. Sounds like someone could be trying to get their 2p in first. Or maybe their £2m.


Although the key point being is that there is a huge difference between plugging a gap of £5-12 million per season for latics, to 1-200,000 per year for Wigan? If Lenghan left tomorrow we wouldn't be bankrupt, we would just need to cut cloth or find other ways of increasing revenues. Its likely that without lenghan's input, we'd have one or two less big signings to ensure we were operating at break even, and would be at top 5-6 team, rather than a top 1-2. For latics, its difficult to find where that sustainable point lies outside of the premiership? Football is a very different proposition, particularly when you have a small fanbase.

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Latics wouldn't have been bankrupt either, they would have sold 2 players and been close to breaking even. They had a player that Milan were willing to pay £10m for and they sold him for £2m.

This admin was done with their income at £0.

With our income at £0 and no IL how do we pay the wages?

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You clearly don't like Latics as DannyT said. I don't particularly care for the majority of their fans, but am capable of being neutral when I need to be.

Everyone in football described them as a well run club. Theie football creditors were standard 'debts' for transfers as they don't pay in full. Knowing the people I know, they never had any issues paying money. The other clubs you mention didn't pay players and staff for months. That never happened at Latics.

They were well and truly shafted by their owners and have continued to be since and I hope Lisa Nandy or anyone else is able to bring it to light.

From a Wigan RL perspective, I wouldn't want anyone other than IL running us, but to think we would be fine if he decided he wasn't putting in a single penny more (and put us straight into administration) is naive at best.
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You clearly don't like Latics as DannyT said. I don't particularly care for the majority of their fans, but am capable of being neutral when I need to be.

Everyone in football described them as a well run club. Theie football creditors were standard 'debts' for transfers as they don't pay in full. Knowing the people I know, they never had any issues paying money. The other clubs you mention didn't pay players and staff for months. That never happened at Latics.

They were well and truly shafted by their owners and have continued to be since and I hope Lisa Nandy or anyone else is able to bring it to light.

From a Wigan RL perspective, I wouldn't want anyone other than IL running us, but to think we would be fine if he decided he wasn't putting in a single penny more (and put us straight into administration) is naive at best.


Far from it. I would say exactly the same as you. I'm indifferent to them, but don't particularly care for a large group of their fans who have a ridiculous anti rugby chip on their shoulder.

I was looking at this neutrally, and factually, in terms of the operating losses of both businesses. Yes, i don't deny Wigan have them, but the operating losses for latics are much more substantial, and personally, i'm not sure how they get away from that to be sustainable or even close to sustainable in the future? I guess the only real option is on sale of players as you say.

I don't doubt they were shafted by their previous owners, who overnight decided they would no longer fund them and withdrew their support. I hope Nandy does shed some light on it. But my original point was around the mud thrown at the admins, who by the look of things have worked miracles to keep the club in business - reducing debts and selling a pretty unattractive business proposition during a pandemic. Generally I feel their fans have had an inability to recognise this and point fingers of blame without fully understanding facts.....something which we regularly see in the bile and nonsense they chuck our way!

Also have never said we would be 'fine' if leneghan put us in administration and withdrew funding......just that the 'gap' between operating losses and break even is much less to bridge for Wigan RL than it is for Latics.

But that is the nature of football I guess rather than a Wigan Latics problem per se, due to over inflation of player wages to excessive and unsustainable levels.....In the current climate I think there will be dozens of clubs that go to the wall in the next few years until excessive player wages are brought under control. There are players in Latics league still earning 10-15k per week :shock: That's ridiculous when the quality of players in that division is distinctly average and average crowd levels and incomes for most (apart from your big hitters like Sunderland etc) are comparable or less than SL levels......We'd go under in 5 minutes if we had to play players at that rate, so in that respect I feel for them.

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Latics operating costs are mainly wages I believe. If they decide they don't want to compete anymore and are happy as a L1 club then they'll be fine. Close the academy and they would probably be pretty well off at that level.

They may make the odd trip to the championship but they'd find it tough if they didn't pay the wages at that level which is where an owner comes in.

Similar to rugby and a club trying to win the league using 50% of the cap.
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