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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been on the look out for new signings for many positions for his squad as he looks to bolster his options for the new up coming premier league season. Martinex has a number of players on his radar who he feels would benefit the squad and talks continue with many clubs over bringing in the players he needs for the new season.
One of the top targets for the manager this summer is highly rated Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste who has been in stunning for for his current club all of last season. The 26 year old is highly regarded by Martinez and now the manager is in discussions with the northern club to bring the player to the DW Stadium ready for the start of the season although Blackpool have been coy on releasing any details of the deal.
Great news for Wigan fans right now is that the club have rebuffed a third bid from Chelsea to take flying winger Victor Moses to Stamford Bridge with the club holding firm to the fact that any club wishing to sign the winger will need to table an offer of the clubs valuation of the player. This may cool interest in the player from the European champions as Roberto DiMatteo will not be forced into playing over the odds for the player and may find himself looking elsewhere for new additions to his squad.
Aberdeen superstar Fraser Fyvie could be a player on his way to the DW this summer after the club stepped up interest in the player after finding out the players contract with his current club is due to end in December with no new deal set to take place. Martinez has long been an admirer of the player and sees him as the perfect addition to his squad for the up coming season so talks continue about bringing him down to the premier league outfit.
Wigan old boy Hugo Rodallega who left the club after they decided not to renew his contract at the end of the season looks all set to join Fulham on a free transfer. The player found it increasingly hard to nail down a regular spot at Wigan and was told just before the end of the season that he no longer was in Martinez plans for the club and thus he is now looking all set to join the Cottagers any time soon.
And while I was talking you through that, Torino pulled a goal back at Juventus deep into first-half stoppage time through Andrea Belotti. It’s 2-1 to the champions at the interval.
In the Championship, Leeds give us another excuse to overuse the phrase “16-year exile” as they strengthen their position at the top. Ten points from their final five games will put them back in the Premier League. Brentford in third are now only two points behind West Brom, who host Hull tomorrow, and the Bees must fancy their chances of nicking an automatic promotion spot. Fulham are back up to fourth, and Cardiff in sixth now have a three-point cushion to Derby in seventh.
At the bottom Luton and Barnsley played like condemned men today but are still only five and four points respectively from safety and are likely to have Wigan slotted in beneath them when and if the Latics’ points deduction is applied.
So what does all this mean for the league tables? Manchester United are now up to fourth, though Chelsea can go back above them this evening, and Leicester remain third, with currently a four-point cushion to fifth. Bournemouth are still second-bottom, a point from safety but having played a game more than Villa and Watford. Palace have 42 points and don’t much care.
And here’s Jonathan Wilson’s report on Leicester’s win, and Vardy’s century:
And that’s enough to win it for Fulham. They should be good for a play-off place now.
A lovely team goal breaks the deadlock at the last.
Cardiff have clung on to beat listing Bristol City 1-0 and Stoke have beaten Barnsley 4-0.
And Leicester’s lean run has ended - not a performance as emphatic as the scoreline but the manner, and identity, of their goals and scorers will cheer them. Palace thoughts drift closer to that beach.
Leeds have won 3-1 at Blackburn – Bielsa’s side get ever closer - and Reading have walloped Luton 5-0. And Man Utd have beaten Bournemouth 5-2 in another scintillating display.
An absolutely textbook Leicester, and Vardy, goal, Barnes feeding Vardy on a speedy break and the latter doing his thing.
Tom Ince has just curled in a beauty with his left foot to add some more gloss to a victory that has been inevitable for an hour.
Juan Cuadrado has doubled Juventus’s lead against Torino. Second-placed Lazio host Milan later tonight by the way.
Sending off! Wigan’s sub Joe Garner left his foot too high and he has been, somewhat harshly, given a straight red. As injustices go it perhaps pales compared to your club being taken over by people who don’t seem to have the money but nothing is going right for Wigan.
The job Neil Harris has done since taking over at Cardiff has gone a little under the radar, but they look play-off bound at the moment, and they lead now at Ashton Gate, Lee Tomlin feeding Danny Ward with a surging run through the centre before Ward’s low drive.
Jamie Vardy comes out of the nervous 90s and has his 100th Premier League goal at last, profiting from calamitous defending from Palace’s Sakho, who lost the ball, Barnes played in Vary who finished comfortably. An actual Leicester win looks in the offing.
McCarthy has replaced McArthur for Palace, in what is a long way from a classic at Leicester.
There’s no doubt Benrahma meant this, the Algerian sending a crisp instinctive first-times shot into the bottom corner after fine work from Josh Dasilva. What a player, what a side, and what a model Brentford have become for clubs of their stature.
Fulham have upped the ante against Birmingham after a lacklustre first half, but can’t make the breakthrough. Likewise for Cardiff at Bristol City.
At the King Power, Praet has come on for the scorer, Iheanacho, a surprisingly defensive substitution perhaps. Leicester need to stay alert at the moment, Cahill having just gone close with a header for Palace.
It’s that man again! Benrahma executes a bit of trickery down the left, cuts in then out, then curls a cross over an out of position keeper. Did he mean it? Whatever, his attacking audacity was rewarded and Brentford continue to breathe down West Brom’s necks and Wigan’s week goes from bad to worse.
And Yakou Meite has scored his fourth of the afternoon against disintegrating Luton.
A goal in Serie A. Juventus aren’t hanging about, Paulo Dybala putting the Serie A leaders ahead in the city derby at home to Torino after only three minutes.
Luton’s defence has totally given up the ghost at Kenilworth Road, George Puscas applying some salt into their gaping wounds with Reading’s fourth.
A couple of bookings to tell you about at the King Power, Marc Albrighton for a foul a few minutes ago for Leicester, and Palace’s James McArthur just now, also for a clumsy foul.
Leeds restore their two-goal cushion, somewhat fortunately. Klich’s shot taking a deflection past the keeper Walton, who fumbled it in but appeared blindsided by a Leeds attacker in an offside looking position. But thems the breaks.
We’ve not talked about Bristol City v Cardiff at all yet have we? As befitting recent form, Cardiff have dominated but haven’t broken through yet. Still goalless. And now it’s 4-2 to Manchester United.
Another fine free-kick at Ewood Park, Blackburn cutting the deficit and opening things up with a lovely Adam Armstrong effort into the top right corner from 25 yards.
Leicester lead! Tielemans gets down the left plays it inside the box, Iheanacho gets there first, controls and finishes from close range.
Jamie Vardy has just gone close with a header for Leicester, while Manchester United have just conceded an absurd penalty through an Eric Bailly handball, it’s been scored and it’s 3-2. Game on?
They’re back underway, around and about the place. Leicester have brought on Ryan Bennett for Ben Chilwell, who’s apparently suffering from foot knack.
Here’s the scores on the doors at the interval:
It’s still not happening for Leicester – they had the better of that half without looking particularly incisive; you’d make them underdogs for a Champions League spot now.
Milivojevic goes close for Palace with a fine, arcing free-kick from distance which just narrowly misses the target, their best – and practically their first – chance so far. Frustration in front of goal continues for Leicester though. Still goalless.
A tremendous free-kick from Kalvin Phillips, from just left of centre is guided into the top corner with forensic accuracy. They’re not wobbling now.
The bottom two are having a nightmare today, Campbell gets a second and Stoke’s third and that’s probably game over.
Nathan Jones doesn’t look as if he’s going to be able to turn things round for the Championship’s bottom club, with Yakou Meite completing a career-first hat-trick for Reading, who are rampant here. A swift return to League One looks ever more likely.
A magnificently farcical passage of play at Craven Cottage, where a swift Birmingham break is foiled by multiple players falling over at inopportune moments and breaking up play. Blues have been the better side mind.
Leicester continue to dominate against Palace, who haven’t fashioned a chance worthy of the name so far, their attacking players anonymous. But they’ve not scored, which is an ongoing problem.
Bamford off the post! A deft move prompted by Luke Ayling culminates in Bamford coming close to his and Leeds’s second at Blackburn but it remains just the 1-0 to the leaders.
Important goals in the big relegation tussle in the Potteries, a deft back-heel finish from Tyrese Campbell after a defensive lapse doubling Stoke’s lead after Sam Vokes had put them ahead.
And Lewis Holtby has just hit the post for Blackburn.
If Leeds win the second-tier this season, that’ll be their first second-tier title win since 1990, when Liverpool were also last top-tier champions. Any historical precedents for this quirk?
The Championship leaders are ahead, though was there a foul in the buildup? Blackburn’s Travis was brusquely dispossessed by Kalvin Phillips but the ref deemed it a fair challenge, and Phillips nudged it onto Bamford who finished coolly.
Anyone watching any of these games in a pub? How’s the atmosphere? Is there one?
Uneventful start at the King Power, though Coyuncu and Benteke already having collided forcefully, which suggests that could be a battle to look out for. Still 0-0.
At Craven Cottage, Birmingham’s celebrated boy wonder Jude Bellingham’s just made a bit of a mess of a chance gifted to him by Fulham doziness. 0-0 there too.
Those whistles are a-blowin’
And here’s Peter Lansley’s report on a dramatic finale at Derby:
Forest will be kicking themselves, having given away a needless free-kick, which Wayne Rooney slung in for Martin to just about force home.
So Forest stay fourth for now, with Derby in seventh and still firmly in contention for a play-off place.
Would you Adam and Eve it! Straight after going down to 10 men, Derby have snatched a point. And that is full-time.
Full-time at Carrow Road:Norwich have lost 0-1 to Brighton, meaning the former are surely doomed now while the latter are nearly safe. While at Pride Park, Martyn Waghorn has been sent off in injury-time with Forest still 1-0 up
Brentford v Wigan Brentford: Raya, Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry, Marcondes, Norgaard, Baptiste, Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma. Subs: Jensen, Da Silva, Valencia, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Daniels, Zamburek, Roerslev Rasmussen.
Meanwhile at Pride Park Forest have just twice come close to extending their lead, Lewis Grabban firing narrowly over after a swift counter, then Tiago Silva rattling a post after being fed by Grabban.
In the early games, Norwich, predictably, are losing at home to Brighton after, predictably, starting brightly then fading. Join Scott Murray for MBM fun here. And in the big east Midlands set-to at Pride Park, Nottingham Forest are clinging on to the 1-0 lead given them by Joe Lolley’s 12th-minute long-distance shot. If Forest hang on they’ll leapfrog Brentford into third, for at least a wee while anyhow.
Afternoon everyone. The city of Leicester has bigger things to worry about right now than the fate of its football team, as it grapples with a reimposed Covid-19 lockdown and all the deep anxieties that entails. But within the smaller, less consequential bubble of Premier League football, Brendan Rodgers has had plenty to be mithered by of late too. Leicester haven’t got going at all since the resumption, and the verve of last autumn – with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell all at the very top of their games – seems a very distant memory.
Still, they remain in the shakeup for the Champions League places and should back themselves against a Crystal Palace side who’ve blown hot and cold since the restart – blowing away Bournemouth before being blown away themselves by Liverpool and blunted by Burnley. They’ve got less to play for today, so they could either play with freedom and confidence or like they’d rather have been in the pub since 6am, which no one actually was this morning.
EFL said various rumours and reports have been circulating
The administrator of Wigan Athletic has said lawyers have been appointed to investigate the circumstances of the club’s collapse, including the rumour of a possible gambling connection cited by the EFL chairman, Rick Parry.
The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy also jointly wrote to Parry calling for the EFL to conduct an investigation, saying: “There are serious questions to be asked about the EFL’s processes, with the club’s new owner being approved just a matter of days before it was plunged into administration.” They also asked the EFL to suspend the club’s 12-point penalty for going into administration – which could apply this season or next depending on its final league position – pending the outcome of the investigation.
On the day Au Yeung took ownership after a £41m purchase he decided not to fund the club, and an investigation is now due
The brutal, bizarre collapse of Wigan Athletic has raised many glaring and alarming questions, but one central contradiction lies in the ruins. The Championship club have become the first to fall into administration during the Covid-19 crisis which could claim many more, but Wigan’s own insolvency has little to do with the coronavirus shutdown.
It is one of the most unlikely and baffling scenarios ever thrown up even among the frequently outlandish sagas of football’s relationship with money.
Championship club taken over by Next Leader Fund in June
Wigan facing 12-point deduction that could lead to relegation
Wigan Athletic have become the first professional club in England to fall into administration during the Covid-19 crisis, only four weeks after a Hong Kong-based consortium took over the Championship club, promising to secure its future.
The EFL confirmed Wigan would incur a 12-point penalty, which automatically applies to any insolvency event, with a decision to be taken at the end of the season over whether it will apply this season or next. Such penalties are applied in a following season only if a club is already relegated. In Wigan’s case, with Paul Cook’s side 14th and eight points above the relegation zone, the penalty is likely to be applied this season and could push the club into League One.
Stuart Dallas saves Leeds from defeat against bottom side Luton
Brentford keep pressure on top two with fourth successive win
The Championship leaders Leeds needed a Stuart Dallas equaliser to earn a point against the division’s bottom side Luton. Harry Cornick gave the visitors the lead early in the second half with a superb strike to spark hope of a shock victory at Elland Road.
However, 13 minutes later Dallas calmly slotted past Simon Sluga in the Luton goal to secure a draw that extends Leeds’ lead over West Brom at the top to four points – Albion face Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.
The Wigan Football News Archives are detailed below:
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:02:02 +0000: Buxton joins Burton after Wigan exit - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC Championship side Burton Albion sign former Derby County and Wigan Athletic defender Jake Buxton on a one-year contract.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:27:45 +0000: Burton Albion sign full-back Warnock - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC Burton Albion sign full-back Stephen Warnock on a one-year deal after his release by Wigan Athletic.
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:18:25 +0000: Flores signs two-year Wigan deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC Winger Jordan Flores signs a new two-year contract with League One side Wigan Athletic.
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:41 +0000: League One fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC Find out your team's fixtures in League One during the 2017-18 season.
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:12:31 +0000: Wigan agree to release Buxton - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Wigan Athletic | BBC Wigan Athletic defender Jake Buxton leaves the club by mutual consent after 12 months of a three-year contract.