Ten Bobsworth wrote:Thanks Sluffy. Wigan plainly have a few TWERPS as fans but I suspect we've got more if only on the law of averages but, whatever Howard's game was, he was using inside info in a way that was unprofessional in my book.
You will also remember that someone else, who was likely to have inside info, leaked that the BWFC/FV deal had been done BEFORE it was agreed and signed off by Ken Anderson's lawyers. I expect they and KA were not overly impressed.
The Bahraini connection may or may not be a coincidence. The reports don't suggest any 'big bucks' deal but I feel sure Wigan fans will be content for the club to survive.
Is this btw the same Malachy Brannigan that's previously been involved with Hull City, Sheffield United, Derby County, Coventry City the EFL and a host of other companies? Gets about a bit, doesn't he?
He's been at Dundee United, Derby and Sheffield United from the quick search I did on him, before posting above, so no doubt he's the same bloke that you've tracked down too - used to be the Finance Officer before progressing to MD level at the clubs.
It seems from what the Wigan forum posters are saying that the Baharani owner is Al Jasmi and it is his son/son-in-law Talal, who is the bloke who will run the club with Brannigan the CEO, the ex-Wigan director Bramwell the accountant, Markham the 'Moneyball' expert (he's ex-Liverpool uni, football finance degee graduate, so I'm wondering if he has any links to our old friend Kieran Maguire??) with presumably Gottmann being the 'fixer' for the deal being the link to Gibralter where the company is from(?).
The article below is from the young lad who did all those videos - seems to have got work for the MEN on the back of them too - good for him, hope he does well for himself -
A Bahrain-based investor is closing in on an imminent deal to buy Wigan Athletic.
The Latics, who currently sit at the bottom of Sky Bet League One, have been in administration for the last nine months.
And while it looked as though the takeover saga was going to continue to drag on further after talks had hit a standstill, it is understood that a deal could be just around the corner.The Begbies Traynor administrators have lowered their asking price in order to agree to a deal, but it would still involve the investor paying the non-football creditors 25p in the pound
, meaning that Latics would avoid the mandatory 15-point deduction.
The Bahrain-based investor is in a position to seal the takeover quickly, having already had their proposed directors passed and their proof of funds verified by the English Football League.
The first step is for both parties to sign the sales and purchase agreement, while the second step would be to provide a deposit.
As the Wigan Council has already agreed on the transfer of the lease to the DW Stadium and Christopher Park, the final step would be to sign the membership agreement to transfer the football share, along with the agreement to pay the non-football creditors 25p in a pound.
Following the promising developments, it looks like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for everyone associated with Wigan Athletic.https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bahrain-based-investor-close-imminent-19982353
Oh and there are plenty of TWERPS everywhere, not just following football clubs, maybe I'm even one at times for somethings but you've just got to steer your way through them the best you can.
Ignorance and naivety 'can' be fixed through education and experience (although you can lead a horse to water but you can not make it drink) but negative traits such as hatred, anger, bitterness and revenge, can't.
Going back to Wigan, it seems to me that it could well be some sort of vanity purchase for the 'son' to play with by becoming a sort of 'football manager video game player' in real life.
Seems with them 'squeezing' the Admins fees downwards that they are looking to do it within budgets, so may be on a similar path as Sharron is taking us on, whatever that is?
Can't see them (or Sharron) getting their money back any time soon though?