Wigan Athletic 'a textbook example of how to manage sporting administration'

It's been claimed the events of the last 10 months at Wigan Athletic 'will come to be a textbook example of how to manage the administration of any historic sporting institution'.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:36 am
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:38 am
Pau Stanley (right) with fellow admins Gerald Krasner (centre) and Dean Watson (left)

That's the view of Paul Stanley, whose Bebgies Traynor firm are completing the final stages of the handover to new owners Phoenix 2021 Limited.

"We achieved everything we said we would on day one of being appointed as administrators," said Stanley. "The worst-case scenarios that were envisaged by many observers, including the death of the club, have been successfully avoided. The process of paying creditors will begin.

“Our strategy from day one was geared towards the three key objectives of saving the club, finding a buyer and leaving the club and the fans in a position to be able to enjoy good times again in the future. I’m pleased this has been achieved and we are now able to begin the formal process to pay creditors.

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Wigan Athletic was not the first football club to enter administration and it certainly won’t be the last.

"The fact that we were able to achieve what we set out to do during a global pandemic will come to be a textbook example of how to manage the administration of any historic sporting institution, let alone a football club.”

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