Wigan’s potential new owners are said to be willing to MOVE from their current stadium if the takeover is sealed, according to reports.
Reliable journalist Alan Nixon states that a takeover by American duo Randy Frankel and Michael Kalt remains in talks about the shock switch of ‘home’ as they try to get a deal done to save the club from going under.
The change of location, from the League One club’s current DW Stadium ground to Leigh’s Rugby League stadium would need approval by the English Football League.
The Leigh Sports Village Stadium is already used by Manchester United in the Women’s Super League along with the Premier League club’s reserves team.
This idea has also been put past the supporters groups and the local authorities and is now part of their plans for the future going forward.
The group, which is advised and fronted by Frenchman Gauthier Ganaye, are said to be unwilling to cash up the £3million asking price for their current home.
They have offered £500,001 for the football club and training ground, however that was subsequently rejected by the administrators.
The admins are demanding the £3 million sum for the stadium to be paid too, and that will covers the costs along with the creditors and legal fees.
it is already known that Wigan rugby chief Ian Lenagan, former chairman of Oxford United and EFL chairman, has been trying to buy the DW Stadium and become the landlord rather than a tenant.
Negotiations are still going ahead, but the French-American team are unhappy with the rental terms that he is requesting, so now they have turn their attention to a move to Leigh’s modern and compact ground as an alternative.
After reading that Wigan’s potential new owners are willing to MOVE stadium if the takeover is sealed, it of course caused plenty of discussions among the Latics supporters.
Take a look at what they had to ‘tweet’ or ‘comment’ about below…
— Carole Mason (@Moody_Carole) September 9, 2020
No need for point scoring from anyone. But in my personal opinion, we need all the support and help we need. If saving us means playing at Leigh for a season or 2, so be it. What’s boycotting going to do? Apart from create even more unmanageable debt and back to admin?
— Danny Taberner (@UnTabs) September 9, 2020
Horwich RMI moved to Leigh then it was Leigh Genesis what became of them ?
The clue is in the name Wigan Athletic don’t play in Wigan it’s not Wigan.
Could understand if say it was a 12 month thing while a new ground was built(which will not happen) but not permanent
— Statto (@HarryBridges94) September 9, 2020
So we’re moving to Leigh sports village are we ????
Not on your nelly , we are wigan, we belong in Wigan TIME TO START FIGHTING FOR WIGAN
Need to start showing these administrators we’re wigan
PROTEST ?????? #wafc
— Stephen Foster (@stephen1969SF) September 9, 2020
Wigan Athletic > Leigh Athletic #wafc
— Jamie Lyon (@JamieLyon7) September 8, 2020
Not an option at all , Wigan is our home not Leigh , we’ll end up like Coventry or Bury if we give up our hearts and soul
— Stephen Foster (@stephen1969SF) September 8, 2020
We have 7,000 fans and that number would plummet if we played in Leigh. It makes me worry these Americans are after picking up an established club on the cheap and then will move it somewhere else once they are owners. MK Dons all over again. We should insist on playing in Wigan
— The Raven Pie & Chips Supporters Club (@wafc_110513) September 8, 2020
Don’t go then! We are on our arse, on the verge of being liquidated, if this is the only way for us to keep the club, not ideal but so be it. Travelling to Leigh is hardly Valhalla, you sound like a rugby fan moaning about having to get two buses! Get a grip!
— Jorg Smeets size 4 feet (@smeetsfeet4) September 8, 2020
I can get the DW in my powered wheelchair, but not leigh without a wheelchair taxi, it would cost me a small fortune for wheelchair taxis especially if we had two home games in a week
— Ian Carter (@IanCart52232399) September 8, 2020
When this ends you need to another poll that says: Wigan Athletic fans: Would you watch a phoenix club at Leigh Sports Village? We could be heading in that direction and there aren’t (m)any other grounds in Wigan that would accommodate a well-supported phoenix club.
— Andrew Vaughan (@VaughanMedia) September 8, 2020
F**K THAT IDEA RIGHT OFF.
I would sooner have a bath in Sulphuric Acid
— Statto (@HarryBridges94) September 8, 2020
Maybe it’s because we don’t want to travel to Leigh, if we all vote and say yes, then there’s no opposition to the idea.
— Alan Farrimond (@AlanFarrimond) September 8, 2020
As I said in another tweet, it depends what any prospective owner’s long term plan is for the club. Michael Kalt has significant experience in the construction of new stadiums. Just saying…
— Alex Sarwar (@AlexSarwar20) September 8, 2020
Can we not just tow the ground to Wigan?
— Terry Thomas (@terrythomas1) September 8, 2020
As much as Leythers detest the idea though, Leigh is in Wigan so no it wouldn’t be. It’d just be like Bolton playing in Horwich which is a part of Bolton
— #fucktheEFL (@CatMountford97) September 8, 2020
People are so desperate for the club to survive that they’ll accept anything.
The fact these apparent rich owners can’t stump up £3mil for our stadium is a huge red flag
— Tom #FuckTheEFL (@WAFC_TOM) September 8, 2020
We’re WIGAN Athletic. Clue’s in the name. Hope this helps ?
— Finton (@Finton05408696) September 8, 2020