SHARPE PROUD OF HIS LAT­ICS’ REIGN...

The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY - By Con­nor McLough­lin

WIGAN Ath­letic chair­man David Sharpe will step down once the takeover of the club has been com­pleted.

The Lat­ics are due to be brought un­der the con­trol of In­ter­na­tional En­ter­tain­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, a group based in Hong Kong, next week.

Sharpe took over the role from his grand­fa­ther Dave Whe­lan in 2015, be­com­ing the youngest chair­man in world foot­ball at the age of 23. The fam­ily is now sell­ing their con­trol­ling stake in the club.

The club’s for­tunes have been a yo-yo story un­der Sharpe’s stew­ard­ship, but they are now on the up again.

Sharpe, 27, stated in an open let­ter to fans that the fam­ily de­cided to sell the club a year ago once they were back in the Cham­pi­onship and a suit­able owner could be found.

He said: “I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all cur­rent and past em­ploy­ees who have worked so hard for the club and to all of the sup­port­ers for your con­tin­ued pas­sion and com­mit­ment through the ups and downs of foot­ball.”

Sharpe high­lighted beat­ing Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City 1-0 in the FA Cup fifth round in Fe­bru­ary as a high­light.

“I am of course still young, but to be able to look back on my three­and-a-half years’ chair­man­ship hav­ing seen my club achieve two league ti­tles and beat­ing Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City on that in­cred­i­ble Mon­day night to reach the quar­ter fi­nal of the FA Cup – it will quite sim­ply be the proud­est three­and-a-half years of my life, and noth­ing will ever change that,” he added.

Whe­lan, now 81, stepped down as chair­man in 2015 af­ter more than 20 years in charge of the club.

EMO­TIONS: David Sharpe

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