Seems something is going on with Wigan again although I'm not sure what yet?
Someone has put up this link to company House to a new company called AFC Wigan Athletic, who seems to be owned by a Spanish bloke called Papadopaulo
- don't know if this is a genuine 'host' company for the transfer of the club or not?https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12926841
Someone else posted this that ties in fwiw
The Spanish businessman on the verge of taking over League One club Wigan Athletic is José Miguel Garrido Cristo, TheBusinessDesk.com can exclusively reveal.
Garrido Cristo has previously led two Spanish clubs, Albacete and Castellón, and has spent the last 18 months with small stakes, indirect involvement and takeover speculation linking him to several more. But Wigan Athletic will be the first involvement in English football for the London-based businessman.
Approval is expected to be granted by the EFL in the coming weeks.
Garrido Cristo is the nephew of the renowned Spanish lion tamer and circus performer Ángel Cristo.
Earlier in his career, Garrido Cristo was the international director of Spanish multinational food group Campofrío before he became a founding partner of private equity firm Thesan Capital, which specialised in investing in companies in financial distress.
Thesan took over tyre company Aurgi, with Garrido Cristo as chief executive, and also bought the Hispania Racing Formula One team in 2011 before it crashed out of the sport 18 months later.
He then took over at Spanish third division club Albacete when it was on the brink of collapse in 2013, having been kept alive by bailouts from its former youth team player and Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta.
Garrido Cristo was president for four years, bringing some on-the-field success and off-the-field stability before he sold his stake to the Skyline International Group for 5m euros.
Less than a year later he invested in third division club Castellón, but only lasted 14 months before exiting in a 2.3m euro deal in June 2019.
The 55-year-old businessman has since been linked with Elche, Córdoba, Recreativo de Huelva, and Tenerife but has not taken ownership.
Garrido Cristo’s UK company, Eolus Capital, shares a London address with the corporate vehicle that has been created to buy Wigan Athletic.
That UK company has been set up with Antonio Garrido Papadopaulo
– a family relation of the soon-to-be owner – currently its sole director.
Papadopaulo and Garrido Cristo are also linked through Barcelona-based Sunrun Investments, a business which operated restaurant chain Pizza Emporio in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Tarragona.
But their focus will now turn to football in Wigan, to see if he can bring success back to a club that won the FA Cup just seven years ago.
Garrido Cristo’s arrival at the DW Stadium, when it is officially confirmed, will be warmly welcomed by its fans. They have supported the club through its difficulties, raising £700,000 and campaigning to keep the club alive.https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2067372-new-owner-of-wigan-athletic-revealed
Someone else posted this which is from a Spanish paper from four days ago - which again ties in-
(This is the translated version) -
A Spanish businessman has made an offer to buy an English football club. This is Wigan, a team that last season lost the category and is now in the third division, League One,after relegating from the Championship.
The Wigan is currently experiencing serious economic problems and that is why the entrepreneur José Miguel Garrido Cristo has made an offer to stay with him. This Madrid businessman, based in England, has already refloated at the time the Albacete, which he acquired for a symbolic amount when he was on the verge of disappearance, and managed to heal him from an economic point of view and promote him to the Second Division. He then sold it to skyline.https://www.superdeporte.es/futbol/2020/10/02/empresario-espanol-quiere-comprar-equipo/473062.html
Someone else posted this - again which ties in - (after translation version)Who is José Miguel Garrido?
The Madrid businessman, involved in the Panama Papers and accused of tax fraud, aspires to have an important weight in the governing body of CD TenerifeJosé Miguel Garrido Cristo
is a 54-year-old Madrid entrepreneur and nephew of animal tamer Angel Cristo. It is dedicated to buying companies whose financial situation is not the most suitable and if it fails to refloot them, it liquidates them.
He was a founding partner of Thesan Capital, a commercial specialist in investing in economically distressed companies, such as the Aurgi tire chain, of which Garrido was CEO, a well-known company dedicated to the purchase and sale of spare parts and accessories for vehicles. He was also general manager of the International division of the meat company Campofrío and, through Thesan Capital, had a relationship with the now defunct Formula 1 Hispania Racing Team team. He held other senior management positions at García Carrión, Yoplait or Pernord-Ricard/Larios.
His greatest sporting achievement was to save Albacete Balompié from the disappearance. There was no one interested in putting money in the Manchego club. He bought the very cheap shares and other majority shareholders, such as former FC Barcelona players Andrés Iniesta, gave him his own.
He then devoted himself to capital expansions, invested money through different foreign companies, negotiated payments with Social Security and managed to save Alba on the economic side and take him to The Second Division. In July 2017 he sold the club to the investment group Sky Line and resigned from his position as president. This turn became related to some inconveniences with the Provincial Council of Albacete.
In April 2018 he emerged as the visible head of an investment group that wanted to refloat CD Castellón, where he spent only 14 months. He entered the orellut entity through the Orbit Access Limited Society and did not last long in office. He achieved another upgrade (since Tercera) and left castellón in Segunda B, after selling his shares for 2.3 million euros to Vicente Montesinos.THE PANAMA PAPERS AND THE VULTURE FUND
His record is not entirely successful since Garrido is involved in the so-called Panama Papers and investigated for tax evasion and money laundering through some of his companies.
As president of the Albacete, the bomb went off. Thesan Capital was one of 46 complained about by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office in the investigation into the law firm Nummaria. Between the corporate tax hole of the investment fund itself and the amounts that several of its partners stopped entering, the amount squandered on the tax is 5.5 million euros in just three years, between 2012 and 2014. This was recorded in the complaint of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office before the Court of Instruction Number 2 of the National Hearing. Thesan Capital is listed as it allegedly defrauded EUR 1,182,445.45 of corporation tax in 2012 and EUR 386,420.98 in the 2013 financial year.https://diariodeavisos.elespanol.com/2019/10/quien-es-jose-miguel-garrido/
Make of all that what you will!!!