Relegation would have cost jobs - Whelan

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DAVE Whelan has admitted that had Latics not survived this season, around ONE FIFTH of the staff at the club would have lost their jobs.

Highlighting the huge cost of relegation, the chairman admitted that it would have been “soul-destroying” but something he had to do.

As it is though, Roberto Martinez’s men have pulled of another great escape this season and going into tomorrow’s season finale, Latics are five points clear of the drop zone.

However, go back three months and the situation was very different. The side lay rock bottom of the league and were five points adrift of safety.

And Mr Whelan admits he sat down to prepare for the worst. Speaking to a national newspaper, he said: “In February, I was looking at the players’ wages. I had my pen out and was making some calculations.

“I was prepared to make some drastic changes. It would have been soul-destroying but it is reality. I spoke to Roberto about contracts to staff. Everyone would have taken a cut or had no job.”