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Athletic legend Royle set to join Wigan board

Date published: 11 October 2018


Athletic club legend Joe Royle and his son Darren are expected join the board at Sky Bet Championship side Wigan Athletic once that club's takeover is completed.

The news was confirmed in documents to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange relating to the £22m sale of the Latics.

There is no mention of current chairman David Sharpe, or former Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook, who helped broker the deal.

It is understood neither man will form part of the management team and will leave the Championship club.

Manager Paul Cook and chief executive Jonathan Jackson will remain in their roles.

Former England striker Royle, now 69, managed Athletic between 1982 and 1994.

His most noted achievements included helping the Boundary Park club into the Premier League and guiding the side to the 1990 League Cup final, when they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at Wembley.

He returned for a short caretaker spell in charge of Athletic in 2009.

Royle went on to also manage Manchester City and Ipswich and was part of Everton's backroom staff until leaving in December 2017.

Once the takeover is completed next month, it will bring to an end 23 years of ownership by former chairman Dave Whelan, Sharpe's grandfather.

Within a decade, Whelan transformed Wigan from a fourth-tier outfit to a Premier League club.

The Latics remained in the top flight until their relegation in 2013, which was confirmed three days after the greatest day in their history, when they beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.


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