Wigan Athletic yesterday were the first to fall into administration in the world’s most financially vulnerable league, the English Championship. They were mid-table and on a winning streak, so if they can find the money to complete their remaining games, there is a chance they will avoid relegation, despite the points deduction.
With former owner, Dave Whelan, still alive and still rich, they are probably better placed to recover from this than most in the Championship, but I doubt Dave is prepared to cover years of contracted losses to fill the bank accounts of players.
If the great structural change in football that Celtic fans have been waiting on for decades does not happen in the months to come, it never will.
Most players in the English Football League have had their wages deferred, while some have been furloughed. Taxes have also been deferred, so the crunch lies ahead.
I am not a Mike Ashley fan but the manner in which he trolled yesterday Newco was spectacular. Sports Direct’s Facebook page announced Newco strips would be available exclusively from the retailer they continually believe they were rid of. The club statement that followed was an excruciating attempt to confirm nothing while not contradicting a word of the Sports Direct statement.