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Ex-owner Whelan hoping to help after Wigan put in administration



Dave Whelan. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Dave Whelan. Photo: Tim Goode/PA


Dave Whelan. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Former Wigan owner Dave Whelan says he will see if he can do anything to help the club after they were put in administration.

Administrators Begbies Traynor say other interested parties have already been in touch, as they prepare to undertake a thorough review of the club's financial position.

The Championship side will receive a 12-point deduction for entering administration, although when that is applied depends on whether the club can achieve survival on the pitch.

They are currently 14th, and if they stay out of the bottom three with on-field results the deduction will be applied to their final tally this season. If they are relegated, they would be docked the points at the start of their 2020-21 League One campaign.

The club were FA Cup winners as recently as 2013, under former owner Whelan who sold to the Hong Kong-based International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) in November 2018.

Whelan expressed his shock at the news but said he would see what he could do to help.

"I'll have to stick my nose in and have a look, to see if I can find out what's caused it, how much are they in liquidation for," he said. "I'll have to just try because the people of Wigan will be in absolute shock, because I am.

"Wigan is Wigan and I built the stadium, so I will see if I can help in any way, shape or form."

Belfast Telegraph