The sale of Wigan Athletic is set to be completed next week, with the Whelan family selling to International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) after 23 years of ownership. The Whelan’s have created a lasting legacy in their time at the club, creating memories for fans that will last a lifetime.

In 23 years under the Whelan’s ownership, The Latics have achieved five promotions, had eight seasons in the Premier League, winning seven trophies, playing 1,169 matches and winning 469 games, scoring 1,561 goals along the way. The club have had 64 International players from 31 countries, winning one FA Cup and going on one European Tour in the Europa League.

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Chairman David Sharpe posted a letter to the fans of Wigan Athletic upon the announcement of him stepping down as Chairman of the club.

Sharpe was appointed as Chairman of Wigan Athletic in 2015 at the age of just 23, making him the youngest Chairman in English football and one of the youngest Chairmen in world football – leading to understandable scepticism and hesitancy from Latics fans.

Sharpe couldn’t prevent the club from relegation in the 2014/15 season, but won promotion back to the Championship with then-manager and former club captain Gary Caldwell in charge. Upon winning the League One title, Sharpe recruited Nick Powell and Dan Burn, after bringing in fan favourite striker Will Grigg a season earlier. The trio have gone on to become three crucial players in the club’s recent seasons.

Upon Sharpe’s departure, fellow board members Matthew Sharpe and Garry Cook will also step down.

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A full interview on the club’s website with Sharpe is available to listen to, as the 27 year-old reflects on his family’s legendary spell as owners of Wigan Athletic.




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