Derby County were the latest English club to go into administration a few weeks ago after Mel Morris decided he could no longer fund the Rams on a day-to-day basis.
County plummeted to the bottom of the Championship table thanks to an automatic 12-point deduction and it’s going to be a big ask to get themselves out of a relegation battle this season – especially as another nine point deduction is hanging over their heads.
One man who knows about the pains of managing through the process of a financial struggle is current Wigan Athletic boss Leam Richardson, who after a period of being in caretaker charge of the Latics in 2020 was appointed as their permanent manager.
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Richardson was Paul Cook’s assistant when the club went into administration and after John Sheridan’s brief stint at the helm, he has been in charge ever since.
Wigan have since come out of the other side with new Bahraini owners and things are going pretty swimmingly for them and they’re financially sound again, and having experienced the same thing that Derby are going through right now Richardson has sent his sympathies to personnel at the club.
“Obviously everyone here will have huge empathy for the situation at Derby – the players, management, staff, families, supporters, and what they’re going through,” Richardson said, per Wigan Today.
“If they have to experience even a fraction of what we did, it still sends a tingle down the spine.
“Hopefully they’ve got good people in and there’ll be some really good advice, and I’ve become a little bit of a campaigner now in that respect.
“I still don’t think there’s anywhere near enough information out there – from the FA, the EFL, the PFA, the LMA – to guide the likes of myself and other managers through.
“I recently put a little presentation through to the FA, and I spoke at length to Rick Parry, which I will pick up at a later date, when I get a minute!
“But the situation is as close to reckless as possible, in terms of talking about the very future of a football club.”
Having dealt first-hand with Wigan’s own struggles, Richardson will know what Wayne Rooney is dealing with right now at Pride Park.
Looking at how quick the Latics have recovered though, it only takes a good set of owners to come in and provide the funding and confidence to change the situation.
Derby’s administrators won’t want to be around long-term and their job is to find the best party to lead the club forward and to make sure they are financially stable.
With the debts surrounding the Rams though that could prove challenging and longer than it took for Wigan to be fixed up, however fingers crossed that it happens in the near future.