Whelan weighing up his options

Dave Whelan and grandson David Sharpe at the soon-to-be Sharpy's fish and chip restaurant at the former gym behind the North Stand of The DW Stadium

Dave Whelan and grandson David Sharpe at the soon-to-be Sharpy's fish and chip restaurant at the former gym behind the North Stand of The DW Stadium

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DAVE Whelan said today that he is “weighing up the options” as he considers the hand-over of his beloved Wigan Athletic.

The millionaire, who turned 75 this week, says he is no rush to relinquish power at the DW Stadium.

And while saying the Latics is unlikely ever to become an Arab sheik’s plaything, the recent claim that he is preparing to hand over to his 21-year-old grandson David Sharpe is not cut and dried either.

Mr Whelan, who bought Wigan Athletic in 1995, says he will do what is right for the club and today said that perhaps even Wigan Warriors chairman and majority shareholder Ian Lenagan might be in the frame too.

Ardent football fan Mr Lenagan already has a stake in League Two side Oxford United.

Oxford University graduate David Jnr is certainly being groomed for business. Plans have been submitted to create a new large fish and chip restaurant at the former Fitness First gym at Robin Park (in preference to a previously planned hotel there).

The idea is for Mr Sharpe to take over its running subject to planning permission and open for business. The plan is for the restaurant to be called Sharpy’s.

Full story in this week’s Wigan Observer