Wigan first to drop in football’s great structural change


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.

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  1. Happy birthday Jobo!



    Looks loke that brolly will be handy this weekend!



    Thanks again!

  2. lets all do the huddle on

    It says a lot about our economy that it is so dependant on consumption. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers opening is seen as the saviour – very sad





    i feel sorry for future generations



    we have no manufacturing any more



    and soon all the tech jobs will be done in india



    all there will be is a gaggle of fat cats and a layer of managers and lower paid shop work being the only place of mass employment



    unfortunately the small cabal of people engineering the country into this shape dont give a shit about all these things.


    they dont care about the uk economy or unemployment rates because they will still cream millions a year from the system

  3. When I said EK’s finest I forgot aboot big Bada…..have a good day anyway :O)

  4. Let’s all


    Unlike Germany who still depend on their middle size companies (der Mittelstand) we can survive on the City and ride the globalization horse. Hopefully if we piss the Chinese off enough they may ban exports to us. If we’ve learned anything from this recent tragic pandemic it’s our fragility on reliance of others for key supplies. Highlighted by the USA buying the world’s next 3 month supply of a drug.

  5. Thanks for all the kind wishes, friends. A wet day here indeed. I was born lucky in that I share my birthday with my dear departed Mammy. She’d have been 100 today. But I’m sure the weather’s much better in heaven ;-) Aff oot…

  6. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Season Ticket renewed,34 or 35 seasons in a row…..been fortunate enough to do so….

  7. I don’t know about you bhoys, but a lot of the stuff on the Official site is £0.00! I am just after ordering 5,000 Celtic Identity T-Shirts.

  8. Jobo doesn’t have Birthdays, he has Mirthdays!……everyday. Many Happy Returns. 🍷🍾🍻🍰

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Scully- seems website having bother with new gear,JD online is fine,free postage code on opening page

  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    Big wavy



    Cashore sold out their xxxl sixes within 30 minutes, world record😂😂😂😂

  11. Park Road 67 on



    Enjoy the heat and the sun 😎 i can assure you it’s not like that in Girvan !

  12. `As long as you hate, there will be people to hate.`



    Who do you think said the above? Surprised me.

  13. Neustadt-Braw on

    the brawest thing thing I’ve learned this week is that in Mandarin the word for



    “penguin” …….translates to “business goose”



    and I’m never calling them anything else now



    smiley twaddle the waddle thing




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