SPORTS AGENDA: Wigan players are paid late for the second month in a row

When he’s not hosting flashy, impromptu Q&A sessions on Twitter and criticizing journalists for bringing to light the ridiculous decision to hand the World Cup over to Qatar, Wigan Athletic owner Talal Al Hammad might want to fix the player salaries.

Diary was informed that the Bahraini businessman paid the wages at the end of last month, and the ‘Queen’s Jubilee’ was blamed for the delay.

This month they were delayed again, citing “problems with foreign banks,” amid promises that money due on Friday will arrive on Monday.

Owner Talal Al Hammad paid Wigan players late for the second month in a row

On Saturday, Chief Executive Mal Brannigan asked Diary if ‘there was something we could do to keep the story out’. On Sunday night, a club-sponsored version of the events appeared on the local newspaper’s website with mild quotes from Brannigan on the subject, stating that the financial health of the club was “strong and stable”.

This is a worrying development that comes in the wake of a summer where the Latics have been unable to add new bodies to their squad as they return to the Championship.

Alarm bells are ringing once again at DW Stadium with players and staff known to be considering their future. Chief Financial Officer Richard Bramwell has also resigned from the board of directors.

The club adds that it signed a significant number of players last season and did not expect to be active in the summer window. One to watch.

When he’s not hosting flashy, impromptu Q&A sessions on Twitter and criticizing journalists for bringing to light the ridiculous decision to hand the World Cup over to Qatar, Wigan Athletic owner Talal Al Hammad might want to fix the player salaries.

As a result, players and staff at DW Stadium are known to be considering their future.

As a result, players and staff at DW Stadium are known to be considering their future.

Diary was informed that the Bahraini businessman paid the wages at the end of last month, and the ‘Queen’s Jubilee’ was blamed for the delay. This month they were delayed again, citing “problems with foreign banks,” amid promises that money due on Friday will arrive on Monday.

On Saturday, CEO Mal Brannigan asked Agenda if “there was anything we could do to keep the story out.” On Sunday night, a club-sponsored version of the events appeared on the local newspaper’s website with mild quotes from Brannigan on the subject, stating that the financial health of the club was “strong and stable”.

This is a hugely worrying development that comes after a summer in which the Latics have been unable to add any new bodies to their squad as they return to the Championship.

Alarm bells are ringing once again at DW Stadium with players and staff known to be considering their futures and the news will not go down well with a newly scarred fan base.

Chief Financial Officer Richard Bramwell has also resigned from the board of directors.

For what it’s worth, the club adds that it signed a significant number of players last season and did not expect to be active in the summer window. One to watch.

GUHA IMPRESSES BEEB CHIEF

This column reported last week how BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller emailed staff before Wimbledon begging them not to mix his ‘matches’ and ‘games’.

But host Isa Guha did exactly that on the first day, before correcting herself. It was a rare misstep from the former England cricketer, who impressed Beeb bosses in the first week with her polished performance and seamless transition from special test match.

Guha, 37, is known to have fans on Sky and may become a mainstay of BBC sports coverage, if the broadcaster knows what it’s good for.

It will present the daily highlights package on BBC One for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

BBC presenter Isa Guha has made a smooth transition from Test Match Special to Wimbledon

BBC presenter Isa Guha has made it through special test match to Wimbledon

BOOZE BONANZA AFTER WIFI DROP

Confusion reigned at Wimbledon in the first two days when WiFi problems led to a problem with the boxes.

This meant punters couldn’t pay for drinks, which meant alcohol was free at both the media bar above the press center and on Court 1.

The staff took the names of those who ordered drinks with a view to billing them after the tournament. Good luck with that.

Punters were unable to pay for drinks on the first two days of Wimbledon due to WiFi issues

Punters were unable to pay for drinks on the first two days of Wimbledon due to WiFi issues

TSURENKO’S RAGE AT THE WAR IN UKRAINE

A deeply unpleasant moment at the press conference that followed the departure of Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko when a Serbian journalist saw fit to inform her that the Serbs liked the Russians and had not sanctioned the country. Tsurenko was furious.

‘How can you support a war?’ he asked the jerk. ‘The Russians are happy when the Ukrainians are dying. They are idiots.’

Ukrainian star Lesia Tsurenko described the Russians as

Ukrainian star Lesia Tsurenko described Russians as ‘idiots’ amid invasion of her country

RED BULL RED FACE

Red Bull officials were left in no doubt that they were in enemy territory at a fan event at Silverstone on Thursday.

Teams in Red Bull clothing threw free T-shirts into the crowd, but were met with loud boos and chants of ‘Lewis, Lewis…’. It wasn’t the smartest PR move.

In fact, the departure of highly rated communications chief Jamie Fox appears to have had a negative impact.

Boss Christian Horner was left red-faced in front of the press when he stormed into the team principals’ press conference five minutes late, only to see the stage occupied by his Mercedes, McLaren and Haas counterparts.

With Horner’s marketing director, who has taken over communication duties, panicking realizing his boss was in the wrong place, FIA officials stepped in to point out that Horner should have been at the media streaming pen, for which it was even later.

Christian Horner was flushed that he turned up in the wrong place for pre-race media duties.

Christian Horner was flushed that he turned up in the wrong place for pre-race media duties.

ANOTHER ENGLAND KIT SHORTAGE

The England men’s team’s promotion to last year’s European Championship final saw a huge demand for shirts, resulting in sold-out stores.

Unfortunately, it seems that the lessons have not been learned.

Nike launched the new kit last month and fans are already complaining that the shirts, priced at up to £99.95 each, are becoming harder to find with four months to go until the World Cup kicks off in Qatar.

CONCERN ABOUT LACK OF PROMOTION OF EUROS

Much has been made of the opportunity to promote women’s football through the European Championship, which begins when England take on Austria on Wednesday.

However, insiders fear that, once again, the opportunity may disappear. There has been a noticeable lack of promotion from sponsors before, with little promotional events or access to organized players.

The FA, proactively seeking publicity and helping with interview requests and PR, may be pulling their hair out.

UEFA is not covered in glory either.

Journalists looking to cover key matches, which have not been sold out, have nightmares trying to secure access, and the BBC is told bluntly that there is no room in the press box, despite the possibility that games in question take place in front of numerous empty seats.

Experts fear that the opportunity to promote women's football at Euro 2022 will disappear.

Experts fear that the opportunity to promote women’s football at Euro 2022 will disappear.

BBC STAFF FURIOUS OVER GOLF PICKS

BBC executives have angered much of their sports staff by omitting two of Radio 5 Live’s most experienced commentators from their coverage of the 150th Open in St Andrews next week due to their continued obsession with celebrities.

Olympic curling gold medalist Eve Muirhead has joined the team led by golf guru Iain Carter, replacing rugby correspondent Chris Jones and golf specialist James Gregg, who regularly comments on the PGA Tour for Eurosport.

Jones is having a quiet summer as 5 Live have strangely opted not to send a commentary team on England’s three-Test tour of Australia. The BBC has justified Muirhead by claiming that he needs a Scottish voice on his team.

Olympic gold medalist Eve Muirhead has been added to the Radio 5 Live team for The Open

Olympic gold medalist Eve Muirhead has been added to the Radio 5 Live team for The Open

THE STONEY SILENCE OF LAVENDER TOAST

The final Eton v Harrow match at Lord’s, on Tuesday, generated a profit of around £200,000 for MCC, whose attempts at a PR offensive failed.

Henry Blofeld did not show up for a drink in the committee room (reportedly indisposed) and another guest, Robert Titchener-Barrett, who wrote the definitive history of the meeting, gave the committee a beating.

In the end, Guy Lavender threw a cocktail party for 200 (the crowd was 4,100, far more than a championship game) and, when he raised a glass for the history of the game, having said he had no future at Lord’s, he said it was greeted with dead silence.

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