Latics chief flies the flag at crunch League summit

Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson
Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson

JONATHAN Jackson has jetted out to Portugal intent on flying the flag for Wigan Athletic both on and off the field.

The Latics chief executive is attending the annual Football League conference, where a host of issues including Financial Fair Play and the controversial ‘B-team’ idea will be debated.

And Jackson admits that with influential figures from each of the 72 clubs present, there will be ample opportunity to discuss potential transfer business in relaxed surroundings.

“Everyone is away from their clubs for two days, away from the day-to-day distractions that you have on home soil,” Jackson told the Evening Post.

“As well as the items on the agenda, it also gives you the chance to talk to other clubs at chief executive level.

“And maybe one or two transfers will get done over there, you never know. It’s something that is important in the calendar, and it’s important that Wigan Athletic are represented and that our voice is heard.”

FA chief Greg Dyke will be there to discuss his FA Chairman’s Commission on helping the England team, and how Football League teams will be affected by that.

And while wholly supportive of trying to improve the national team’s success, Jackson admits he’ll need a lot of persuading that the proposed ‘B-team’ idea is good for the game.

“I can imagine there would have to be a lot of discussions to be had before that is even seriously considered,” Jackson added.

“But the fact Greg Dyke is attending the conference and addressing us shows how importance the issue is to Football League clubs.

“With it being World Cup year it’s important to do everything we can within the game to help the England team.”