SHARPE PROUD OF HIS LATICS’ REIGN...
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