Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday March 3 2011
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has spoken about the clubs finances following the audit report this week that revealed an operating loss of £4 million, with the auditors suggesting that the club could go under without his financial backing, Whelan says that he will ensure that the Latics will survive.
At 74 Whelan isn`t a spring chicken and he realises that he won`t be around forever to keep the club afloat, speaking to ESPN the former Blackburn Rovers full back says that he will pass the club on but only to the right person.
Whelan states that he loves football and he loves the Latics and that`s why he will keep propping the club up as long as necessary.
Whelan said: "There are no worries about the club surviving while I'm around'
'The trouble is I might not be around for much longer, as I'm pushing 75. If it means being around to prop up the club for the next three to five years, then so be it, but I am looking to pass the club on.
'When I say pass it on, I mean give it away, yes. But I will only give it away to the right person. I remember when Sir Jack Hayward gave away his beloved Wolves for £50, and I will do the same with Wigan, but the right person would have to love this club and keep it going and show me that he can do that.
'As it stands, there is no danger to this club, I'll see to that, but we cannot post losses - it has to run on business lines, it has to live within its means. The bottom line though is that, while I cannot go on forever, there is no chance of this club being sold to just anybody. It will have to be the right person for the right reasons.
'The accounts say that I am propping up the club personally and they are probably right! Why do I continue to do this? Well, I love football, and I love this club.
'I earned my first pound note playing football, and I owe it to football to keep Wigan alive.'
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Date:Thursday March 3 2011
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