Ian Lenagan welcomes Wigan Athletic takeover development

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan has welcomed the expected takeover of Wigan Athletic.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:50 pm
Wigan Warriors majority owner Ian Lenagan

A Bahrain-based consortium have secured the purchase of the League One club, subject to EFL Board approval.

The incoming chairman, Talal Al-Hammad, and the administrators in charge of Latics announced the development on Monday evening. They expect the takeover to be completed by the end of this month.

"We are delighted, without a doubt," said Wigan's majority owner Lenagan, a former chairman of the EFL and Oxford United.

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"Survival of Wigan Athletic has been paramount.

"We are quite happy to support the club and the new owners going forward."

Last summer, Lenagan had hoped of attracting investors for a 'Wigan Sporting Partnership' along with Darryl Eales and Gary Speakman, which would have seen the clubs continue to run independently under one umbrella. And though a bid didn't materialise he revealed last week trying to secure Latics' future has taken "25 per cent of my time".

The Warriors have a lease arrangement to play at the DW Stadium and Lenagan expects their existing arrangement to continue under the new ownership.

Meanwhile, England coach Shaun Wane - a proud Wiganer - was delighted to learn Latics had secured their future.

He added: "I'm really pleased, there are some really good people involved at the club and I'm so glad they've got their future secured and they can move forward."