Lenagan’s ‘honour’ at top football role

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Wigan owner Ian Lenagan is set to take up a top new role with the Football League.

The Warriors chairman is set to become the Football League’s new chairman after he was unanimously recommended by the organisation’s nomination committee.

Lenagan, a director at League Two side Oxford United, will replace Greg Clarke following the annual general meeting on June 10, when league clubs will be asked to ratify the appointment.

Clarke announced in December he would step down from the role he has held since 2010.

Lenagan said: “It is a great honour to be asked to be chairman of the Football League and lead our 72 clubs in the next stage of our development under the new EFL brand.

“I look forward to continuing the board’s progressive work that is being delivered for the benefit of all our member clubs.”

Lenagan took over hometown club Wigan in 2007, and has been on the Football League’s board since 2013.

Clarke added: “I am delighted to leave the Football League in very safe and very capable hands and I will work with Ian throughout the rest of my time at the league to ensure a smooth transition to his leadership.”