WIGAN chairman Jack Robinson and his deputy Tom Rathbone survived a
vote of no confidence at an extraordinary meeting of shareholders at
Central Park last night.
The start of the meeting was delayed for 40 minutes to allow around
600 to pack in. There was also a group of supporters outside
protesting at the sale of Central Park to Tesco for 12million.
A shareholders action group had proposed the vote of no confidence in
the two directors.
After the vote, which was 489 to 407 in favour of Robinson and
484-400 in favour of Rathbone, Robinson said: "This has been a very
emotive night, now I hope we can have unity. This has cost Wigan
100,000 and it's time for it all to end and for everybody to move
forward together. We are willing to meet anybody at any time and any place."
There was some heckling from a section of the meeting as well as
support for Robinson during his speech.
Earlier, chief executive David Bradshaw spoke strongly in favour of
Robinson and Rathbone.
"I believe few individuals have experienced the hard graft and total
commitment to build a great side and not to slip from No 1," said
Bradshaw. "The playing record is exemplary. The club has had more
success than Manchester United or Liverpool and on a smaller budget.
"But Jack and Tom chose to stand on their decisions of the last six months."
Wigan have agreed to sell their ground to Tesco for around 12million
and are looking for another stadium in the town. But the club are
expected to stay at Central Park for at least another year.
However, it will be interesting to see supporter reaction at Friday
night's game against Castleford. A section of the crowd barracked the
board during the last home game against London two weeks ago despite
a vast improvement in Wigan's form on the field.
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