Wigan Athletic fail to pay their players on time for a third time

EXCLUSIVE: Wigan Athletic fail to pay their players on time AGAIN, as Championship club’s Bahrainian owners miss wages deadline for a third time… leaving members of Leam Richardson’s squad considering their futures

  • The club had previously dismissed concerns they were facing financial problems
  • Wigan were in administration in 2021 before the current owners bought the club
  • Several members of Leam Richardson’s squad are now considering their futures
  • Wigan currently sit 19th in the Championship and host Watford on Saturday¬†

Wigan Athletic are late paying their players again.

Serious concerns have previously been raised over the financial situation at the Championship club after salaries were delayed on two occasions.

They were dismissed by officials at the Bahrain-owned outfit at the time with the ‘Queen’s Jubilee’ and then ‘issues with foreign banks’ cited as reasons.

Indeed, the club’s chairman, Talal Al Hammad, boldly took to social media to deny there was a problem.

Championship side Wigan Athletic have failed to pay their players on time for a third occasion

However, Sportsmail has been told that wages due on Friday did not land in bank accounts as expected, leaving some in Leam Richardson’s squad considering their futures.

It can also be disclosed that third parties have been approached and asked to find potential buyers for a club that came close to liquidation only two years ago.

A figure of around £15m has been quoted, according to those with knowledge of the situation, which is understood to be close to five times what the current owners paid to bring Wigan out of administration in 2021.

Some members of Leam Richardson’s squad are now considering their futures at the club

Despite a lack of transfer activity, which raised alarm bells given the Latics were promoted from League One last season, they currently sit in a creditable 19th place, 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 now been paid. The EFL also declined to comment but are thought to be aware of the situation.




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