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Dave Whelan Makes Latics Survival Pledge

Dave Whelan Makes Latics Survival Pledge


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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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday March 3 2011
Time: 6:11PM

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I'll have it Dave if your going to give it away
worbo
03/03/2011 18:16:00
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There are no words that do justice for what Whelan has done for Wigan Athletic. People may start having a go at him recently for cutting back, but he's trying to make sure the club can survive after he goes by making it self-sufficient. A £4m loss is nothing in footballing terms, we're getting very close. Football would be in a much better state if every club owner was more like David Whelan.
Sheikh_Mahand
03/03/2011 18:33:00
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Got to respect the man for what he's done for Latics. Thanks Dave, it's been a great ride this last 15 years!
guitardave
03/03/2011 23:03:00
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People get wound up because he is a but ruthless but that is what it takes to succeed in businessbut there is one thing for sure he has done Wigan proud.
wigginer
04/03/2011 08:38:00
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