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Dave Whelan Steps Down As Chairman of Wigan Athletic

Tue 3rd Mar 2015 | Clubs Ownership

Wigan Athletic have confirmed that Chairman Dave Whelan has resigned his position as Chairman of the football club, with immediate effect, putting an end to his 20 year tenure in charge of the club. 

Mr Whelan’s grandson David Sharpe will be formally elected as new Chairman of Wigan Athletic by the Board of Directors at a date to be confirmed soon, and will be assisted in the running of the club by Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson. 

The Whelan family will remain as majority shareholders but Mr Whelan himself will no longer be a part of the day-to-day operations at the club. 

In a statement on the club’s official website, Mr Whelan said: “The time has now come to hand over the reins. I am approaching 80 years old and spend an increasingly long time abroad, and cannot make it to games. It is a decision I have been mulling over for some years and I believe David is now ready. 

“Contrary to some suggestions, there are no plans to sell the club, which will remain in family hands and I have every confidence that David, along with Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, will lead us forwards with wisdom. 

“In making this announcement, I would like to say huge thank you to the Board of Directors, all the staff at the club, and of course the wonderful supporters of Wigan Athletic, who have helped make the journey over the past 20 years such an exciting and memorable one.” 

Mr Whelan describes the feeling of lifting the FA Cup at Wembley as ‘one of the proudest days of my life and I am so happy to have played a part in creating an unforgettable memory for all the people of Wigan.’ 

Under his tenure, the club also achieved the feat of reaching the Carling Cup Final in 2006, while the other trophy to be won during his time was the 1999 Auto Windscreens Shield. 

In an interview with fcbusiness back in December 2011, Whelan said he would hand over the club to his Grandson.

“Time comes to everyone where you need to retire or take a step back because you’re simply not what you used to be,” he told then editor, Ryan McKnight.

“What I would like to do is create a dynasty here at Wigan Athletic. My Grandson is a very bright boy and massively keen on football and Wigan Athletic. I’m inclined to let him have a go. I hope that happens.”

Read the full interview here http://bit.ly/1GMFMxT

Image: Action Images / Adam Holt Livepic 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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