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Wigan Athletic late on staff payments for 4th time

This weekend Wigan Athletic confirmed via their club website that there has been another instance of late staff payments due to liquidity issues.

This comes as the 4th instance for the club this season. The statement issued by the club has highlighted that the financial security and strength of the club remains intact and Wigan are working closely with EFL to resolve and avoid future issues arising. Wigan have advised payments are due to go out this week after prompt rectification. EFL had sanctioned a suspended three-point deduction following the 3rd instance of late staff and player wages in January and additionally instructed the club to deposit 125% of the monthly forecasted wage-bill in the event of potential issues going forward and to avoid this issue occurring again. Not much more than 7 weeks proceeding these sanctions being put in place and Wigan Athletic owners have again failed to adhere to instructions set out by the EFL and could now face a points deduction come the end of the Championship campaign. This could make the uphill battle of getting out of the Championship bottom 3 that much harder for Wigan Athletic if any points-deductions are to be applied at the end of the season. Latics currently sit 24th in the EFL Championship having not won a league game since February 11th against Huddersfield Town, following the appointment of Wigan Athletic oldboy and respective legend, Shaun Maloney. ON THE PITCH Latics seem to be out of form with the number of players in/out with injuries, fatigued players and new arrivals being integrated into the squad.

Latics have picked up a total of 7 points from the past 9 games, which would be okay if the club was sat higher up the Championship table - but they are deep into a relegation scrap along with Huddersfield, Blackpool and Cardiff. Wigan are 6 points from safety with 10 league games remaining as they next come up against playoff chasers Coventry City on Tuesday. It is clear to see the squad has improved defensively under Maloney, which should be a huge relief to the fans following the goals conceded under the appointment of Kolo Toure earlier in the season. However the lack of strength and pace going forward seems to play a key issue on the pitch. With not being able to find the net, the lack of games remaining in the current campaign and a looming points deduction - is there a chance of survival for Wigan Athletic?

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