More than 10 English Football League and National League clubs could go bust after the return of fans in those divisions was scrapped, a leading football finance expert has warned. Kieran Maguire, a lecturer in the subject at the University of Liverpool, made the grim forecast after publishing data showing every club in the Championship and all but two in the Premier League would have made operating losses in the season before last had they been deprived of match-day income. Data also showed all but seven sides in League One, five in League Two and three in the National League – many of which do not file detailed accounts – lost money in the same season. Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic, Oldham Athletic and Southend United have all previously been identified as being at risk of going to the wall, even before the coronavirus crisis struck, while Gillingham chairman Paul Scally now warns his own club could do so by Christmas if supporters remained locked out of grounds for up to six months. Maguire told The Telegraph: “There is a danger of a trickle becoming far more than a trickle. Potentially, we could be hitting double-figures. If you take a look at the worst years pre-Financial Fair Play, we were seeing around about 2003, 2004, seven, eight, nine clubs going into administration. That was partly on the back of the collapse of ITV Digital.
Latics, who were relegated to Sky Bet League One last season after a 12-point deduction for being placed in administration, are seeking a buyer to secure their long-term future By PA Sport The search for a buyer for Wigan Athletic continues One of the principal bidders for Wigan has withdrawn an offer while two other proposals have fallen significantly short of the £4m asking price, the club's administrators said.
Wigan lost 2-0 at Ipswich on Sunday after being given permission to start the new season in League One Wigan Athletic are currently in the hands of the administrators A company based in Saudi Arabia who have shown an interest in buying Wigan Athletic have cooled their interest. MBuzz, a telecoms company based in Riyadh with offices across the globe, were reported to be ready to offer £3m for the troubled League One club.
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