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Warriors unaffected by Latics takeover

Warriors owner Ian Lenagan is chairman of the Football League
Warriors owner Ian Lenagan is chairman of the Football League

Wigan Warriors will be unaffected by a takeover of Wigan Athletic.

The Super League outfit have a renewable 25-year lease to play at the DW Stadium.

And that agreement won’t be impacted by a change of ownership of their stable-mates, according to senior club sources.

Warriors and Latics have shared the DW – then JJB – Stadium since autumn 1999.

Current Warriors owner Ian Lenagan, who is chairman of the Football League, has frequently spoken of his content at the ground-sharing arrangement.

There have been problems over fixture clashes along the way – inevitably, perhaps, given TV demands, the unpredictability of Cup and play-offs games as well as issues of the playing surface in winter.

But the hierarchy at both clubs get on well, and Warriors agree to leave a month free in the summer for pitch-maintenance work.

The stadium is 85 per cent owned by Wigan Football Company Ltd (whose ultimate parent company is Wigan Athletic) and 15 per cent by Wigan Council.