The announcement comes on a dramatic day for Wigan in which two directors resigned in response to mounting worries over the club’s financial situation. Due to failures to pay wages, Wigan will start the 2023–24 season with eight points behind. According to the present owners, the new buyer has “committed to resolving all outstanding liabilities at the earliest opportunity.”
Any agreement is “subject to EFL approval,” according to a statement. Directors Tom Markham and Oliver Gottmann resigned earlier on Sunday after money “promised by the ownership group” that was supposed to be paid by 2 June had yet to show up. Their position was untenable, according to their statement, “with no visibility of when funds will arrive.”
This refers to the inaugural board of directors appointed after the club’s dissolution. Only Chairman Talal Al Hammad will be in charge in 2021. Al Hammad and Wigan’s ultimate owner Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi gave manager Shaun Maloney assurances regarding funding during face-to-face conversations in Bahrain last month. Maloney is reported to be extremely anxious about the issue.
A winding-up petition might be filed to determine whether the owners are willing to continue funding the club due to money owed to HMRC, but the sudden appearance of a buyer is expected to prevent that from happening. Owners of Wigan, who lose money like many other clubs in the English Football League, declined to invest any further money in the organization in 2020, forcing it into administration.
There were worries that Wigan on Friday, supporters demanded that Wigan’s current owners sell the club lest it go out of business once more. Their demand appears to have been granted, and “further updates” on the sale process will “follow in due course,” according to the statement.
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