Ian Lenagan has assured Warriors fans his top new football role will not impact on his duties with his hometown club.
He has been invited to take over as chairman of the Football League from June.
It is a huge honour for the proud Wiganer, who will continue with his role as Warriors chairman.
Lenagan pointed out that, as part of his promotion from being a director of the FL, he will surrender his role on the FA board, the FA Council and his involvement with Oxford United.
He said: “It’s a more important role, but it makes no difference from a Wigan Rugby League point of view.
“It sits perfectly well with my ownership of Wigan Rugby League club.”
Lenagan says there is “no higher honour” than being owner and chairman of his hometown club, but couldn’t hide his pride at being asked to chair the Football League, which has 72 clubs from the Championship to League Two. “It is a great honour,” he said. “I look forward to continuing the board’s progressive work.”
Lenagan is a leading figure in rugby league circles, but his ownership of Wigan prevents him from becoming involved in the governance of the sport.
“I wouldn’t give up Wigan Rugby League club for anything,” he added.
Scholes-born Lenagan acquired the Warriors in 2007 and has helped restore them to their place among the game’s elite after several lean years.
He sold the company he formed, Workplace Systems, in 2011 but still has a range of business interests, including the Central Park Academy.
Lenagan will succeed Greg Clarke as chairman in June, for a minimum three-year term, after the board unanimously backed his appointment.
League clubs will be asked to ratify the appointment at their AGM on June 10.
Richard Bowker, independent director of The Football League, chaired the nominations committee.
He said: “The board felt that Ian’s proven track record in business... made him the outstanding candidate.”
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