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Whelan Turns Down Mega Sponsor Deal For Ego Trip

Whelan Turns Down Mega Sponsor Deal For Ego Trip


Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has reportedly knocked back a £1 million sponsorship deal from a Norwegian TV network to have his own name on the Latics shirts next season according to the Daily Mirror.

Whelan often questions whether the town of Wigan deserves a Premier League club due to the size of the attendances at the JJB but surely the club deserves to be run better than when they were in the Northern Premier League

With Watford receiving £1 million back in 2006 for a years sponsorship the laughable £100,000 reportedly charged to JJB for 3 years is a joke if true.

Wigan Athletic appear to be nothing more than a vehicle for an egotistical modern day Bradley Hardacre to exhibit his latest craze, at least we aren`t going to be sponsored by Vizwear or are we?

Whelan spouts about building the stadium and taking the club from the Third Division to the Premier League, the rise through the divisions was truly remarkable and a large amount of gratitude goes his way for this, but was not the stadium funded from a host of different sources including the sale of Springfield Park and Central Park as well as Sports Council and Lottery grants?

If this is true regarding the shirt sponsor deal then it is another blow to the credibility of the club in my opinion and I for one would love for someone to come in and buy out Mr Whelan


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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday March 25 2009
Time: 12:09PM

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WTF this is bo!!ox
worbo
25/03/2009 12:19:00
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WTF this is bo!!ox
worbo
25/03/2009 12:19:00
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Get off your high horse Worbo. What does it matter whose name is on the shirts? DW's got a new company and obviously wants to publicise it - he owns the club, pays the wages and so is well within his rights to put his name on the shirts if he wants to. A £1m deal with a Norwegian TV station is hardly groundbreaking in Premier League terms anyway so I don't see what the issue is. And as for wanting someone to come and buy the club that’s just laughable. We might not have had the “war chest” we’ve been promises, but we’re 7th in the league, got a decent squad and are an established Premier League team now.
PKB
25/03/2009 13:48:00
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Get off your high horse Worbo. What does it matter whose name is on the shirts? DW's got a new company and obviously wants to publicise it - he owns the club, pays the wages and so is well within his rights to put his name on the shirts if he wants to. A £1m deal with a Norwegian TV station is hardly groundbreaking in Premier League terms anyway so I don't see what the issue is. And as for wanting someone to come and buy the club that’s just laughable. We might not have had the “war chest” we’ve been promises, but we’re 7th in the league, got a decent squad and are an established Premier League team now.
PKB
25/03/2009 13:48:00
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We have one of the best managers in the League who surely wants to see the club show ambition, turning down £1 million however pawltry is still cash toward strengthening...Whelan says we havent the squad for a European assault, we wont have if we dont market the club in the right way and noises coming out of the JJB whoops sorry The DW suggest that he doesnt want a European tour...I bet he doesnt, staying in the Prem is a superb vehicle for mr ego to tout his business, read his quotes on the official site....I would sooner not have a sponsor like wba or carry a charity crest like villa or barcelona than the stupid Dopey Wa***r logo that we will have
worbo
25/03/2009 15:15:00
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We have one of the best managers in the League who surely wants to see the club show ambition, turning down £1 million however pawltry is still cash toward strengthening...Whelan says we havent the squad for a European assault, we wont have if we dont market the club in the right way and noises coming out of the JJB whoops sorry The DW suggest that he doesnt want a European tour...I bet he doesnt, staying in the Prem is a superb vehicle for mr ego to tout his business, read his quotes on the official site....I would sooner not have a sponsor like wba or carry a charity crest like villa or barcelona than the stupid Dopey Wa***r logo that we will have
worbo
25/03/2009 15:15:00
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But I don’t see how turning down the sponsorship of a Norwegian TV company (who lets face it, very few people outside of Norway will have heard of) is lacking in ambition. Personally I thought £1m for a season is cheap – if we are looking externally for sponsorship it would be nice to think the Wigan brand was worth more than that (considering Everton, for example, have an £8m three-year deal with Chang). I agree it’s good to see the club attracting external revenue streams, but we’re in the fortunate position not to be reliant on them given DW’s backing. It’s the same with the stadium name – I would have preferred the Springfield Stadium or the Robin Park Arena when we first moved there, but understandably DW wanted to promote his former company and now wants to promote his new company. As for him not wanting to get into Europe – find some quotes where he said that and I’ll believe you. I’m sure it’s more of a heart vs head even if he has said something. Like many others, it’d be a dream come true for me to see Latics in Europe, but we do have a small squad and it could be tough given the number of games we’d have to play.
PKB
25/03/2009 16:16:00
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But I don’t see how turning down the sponsorship of a Norwegian TV company (who lets face it, very few people outside of Norway will have heard of) is lacking in ambition. Personally I thought £1m for a season is cheap – if we are looking externally for sponsorship it would be nice to think the Wigan brand was worth more than that (considering Everton, for example, have an £8m three-year deal with Chang). I agree it’s good to see the club attracting external revenue streams, but we’re in the fortunate position not to be reliant on them given DW’s backing. It’s the same with the stadium name – I would have preferred the Springfield Stadium or the Robin Park Arena when we first moved there, but understandably DW wanted to promote his former company and now wants to promote his new company. As for him not wanting to get into Europe – find some quotes where he said that and I’ll believe you. I’m sure it’s more of a heart vs head even if he has said something. Like many others, it’d be a dream come true for me to see Latics in Europe, but we do have a small squad and it could be tough given the number of games we’d have to play.
PKB
25/03/2009 16:16:00
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Along with the DW stadium sponsorship, which we don't know the value of, Whelan today commited to writing off £15m worth of loans and making us debt free in the next 12/18 months.
eh?
25/03/2009 16:41:00
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Along with the DW stadium sponsorship, which we don't know the value of, Whelan today commited to writing off £15m worth of loans and making us debt free in the next 12/18 months.
eh?
25/03/2009 16:41:00
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