Statement from Wigan Athletic joint administrators

Wigan Athletic's administrators have paid tribute to Paul Cook and his players - whose 'motivation and passion' is underpinning the efforts to save the club.
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While Cook and his side continue to fight on the field to beat the drop - despite the threat of a 12-point deduction - joint administrators Begbies Traynor are battling off the field to find a buyer.

The whole town - and indeed the football community in general - is totally behind Latics, and it's an effort that's not gone unnoticed.

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"We would like to place on record our thanks to the players, staff and supporters of Wigan Athletic Football Club for their efforts during a challenging week," a statement from Begbies Traynor read.

"The immediacy of this situation has meant that many of the staff within the club have had to go above and beyond to support us in our efforts to ensure we complete the 2019-20 season and find a suitable buyer for this special football club.

"In a week in which the staff here have sadly had to see some of their friends and colleagues unfortunately lose their jobs, their efforts make it all the more apparent that this is an organisation filled with good people.

"Our continued thanks also go to the official Wigan Athletic Supporters Club, who have been working tirelessly to promote their ‘Let’s Hang On’ campaign, which has already raised over £140,000 in six days.

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"We have received funds from the Supporters Club to support the team’s coach travel costs for last Saturday’s match at Brentford and the match at Charlton Athletic.

"Eavesway Travel have provided the coach travel to Barnsley free of charge, a gesture which is greatly appreciated.

"We are in regular discussions with the Supporters Club in relation to the support required for the matchday operation for the home matches with Hull City and Fulham and the many costs associated with the club.

"On the pitch, the players and coaching staff produced an excellent performance to defeat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday evening, a result that has given everyone a much-needed lift.

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"What was clearly evident to us was that this is a team full of incredibly talented players who are playing with an unwavering commitment to the club.

"We have had a number of conversations with Paul Cook and his staff and we have been inspired by the motivation and passion they have to tackle this challenge and carry the club forwards to better days.

"We continue to channel all of our energy towards finding a suitable buyer for Wigan Athletic Football Club and whilst that process continues would like to once again thank all of you for your support and pass on our best wishes to Paul and the team on Saturday at Barnsley.