Understand what you are saying, but back then you didn't have as big a problem with shabby owners that'll ruin the club over night if they think it's fun. There is so much at risk these days with all the money in play, so you need some sort of rules off the pitch too. It'll hurt the fans no doubt, like this one, but with Wigan you need to lay a lot of the blame at the EFL fit and proper test.
Call me old fashioned but I prefer the league positions to be settled on the pitch, not off it. I don’t care how well run or badly run a club is, the idea is to beat them with the team that you have on the pitch. Docking points from struggling clubs only helps the bigger and stronger clubs, the owners don’t get punished, just the fans and the players, that’s just rotten.
If these draconian rules were in place in 1986, we would have started the 86/87 season on minus 12 points and would never have have got out of the third tier that season and Rioch and the players legacy would be very different. Of all fans, Boro fans should have real sympathy for any teams that struggle financially.