FOLLOWING the takeover of Wigan Athletic by Spanish business man José Miguel Garrido Cristo, staff are allegedly facing a tough choice between unemployment or wage cuts.

Garrido Cristo has previously headed-up two Spanish clubs, Albacete and Castellon.

A number of staff, whose wages constitute the lower-end of the club’s wage bill, have been told they could pick between redundancy or a 30% pay cut.

Concerns over the club’s financial decisions have been reported to the English Football League to investigate.

Wigan has previously entered administration in July and were relegated from the Championship after a 12 point deduction.

The financial difficulty came just a month after the club had been bought by Hong Kong based Next Lender Fund.

Although the relegation decision was appealed the case proved unconvincing.

An independent tribunal ruled that the circumstances could not be considered a “force majeure” as NLF asked about club administration before they took control.

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