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Lenagan's Quins quandry

Ian Lenagan has been given more time to sell his shares in his former club Harlequins.

The Wigan chairman remains the majority shareholder of the London outfit.

After taking control of Wigan on December 1, 2007, he was asked to reduce his 65 per cent stake in Quins to 25 per cent or less within two years.

That date elapsed on Tuesday and a spokesman for Quins confirmed that there has been no change in ownership, saying: "Discussions are ongoing."

But Lenagan or Harlequins won't face any pressure from the Rugby Football League, which has taken a sympathetic view of the situation because of the tough economic climate and is prepared to wait for a suitable buyer to be found.

Lenagan, who is desperate to land silverware at home-town club Wigan, has no active involvement at Quins. He was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Meanwhile, three Wigan officials on a fact-finding mission in New York have declared the trip a huge success.

Warriors chief executive Mick Hogan, marketing director Simon Collinson and new direct marketing executive Paul MacLeod are meeting officials at the Big Apple's top sports clubs for new ideas to improve marketing, ticketing and game-day activity.

They have already taken in high-profile American Football, ice hockey, baseball and basketball matches.

Collinson said: "So far we have found out that there are many similarities between our own activities and those in the States, but their attention to detail is relentless and perfectly executed.

"Our challenge is to pick out a manageable amount of ideas and lessons from the trip to use in our own strategy.

"We are already looking forward to getting back and ensuring that the Warriors are the most successful team off the field – and on it – in Super League."

 
 
 

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