“Our aim, objective, is to get Wigan Athletic to the Premier League - as soon as possible!” So say International Entertainment Corporation, outlining their vision after confirming the purchase of the club from the Whelan family.Melvin Yan Min Zhang, CEO of IEC, says ‘funds will be available’ to achieve that, but says the long-term plan is to ‘develop the club’ rather than ‘throw money at it’.Zhang also confirmed IEC had been looking into buying an English club for a couple of years, before deciding Latics were the perfect fit.“Before we contacted Wigan, we visited quite a few clubs,” Zhang said.“We have been exploring opportunities in football clubs in England for a year or two.“Through a common friend, we were introduced to Wigan Athletic, and we fell in love with how Mr Dave Whelan took the club from the bottom level to the Premier League.“That shows a good operation and good performance, and we were also … [Read more...] about Wigan Athletic takeover: ‘Premier League is the aim for IEC’!
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International Entertainment Corporation are officially the new owners of Wigan Athletic Football Club after formally confirming its acquisition. Darren Royle will take over as executive chairman, with his dad Joe - the former England striker - being appointed the board of directors along with Thomas Chan.Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson retains his position on the board, providing continuity from the Whelan family regime.“I am extremely proud to become executive chairman of Wigan Athletic Football Club,” said Darren Royle.“It is a huge honour and responsibility to also follow in the footsteps of Dave Whelan and David Sharpe.“Nothing is more intimidating yet motivating than a legacy such as the one left in place by the Whelan family.“And I am determined to make sure my total commitment goes towards helping Wigan Athletic, its staff and fans achieve the dream.”Melvin Yan Min Zhang, the CEO of IEC, added: said “We are extremely honoured and … [Read more...] about Wigan Athletic takeover: IEC confirm deal done
Wigan Athletic’s new owners International Entertainment Corporation have paid tribute to the ‘exemplary fashion’ with which the Whelan family have conducted themselves during the sale of the club. The takeover – which has been ongoing for more than a year - reached the final stage on Friday morning following an overwhelming vote of approval from the IEC shareholders.And IEC chief executive Melvin Yan Min Zhang has placed on record his thanks for the smooth handover of power.“IEC has been in discussions with Mr Dave Whelan and chairman David Sharpe for some time now with regards the purchase of Wigan Athletic Football Club,” a statement read.“During this time negotiations have been conducted in exemplary fashion. “The Whelan family’s ownership has had a profound effect on the success of Wigan Athletic Football Club over the past 23 years, and we would like to take this opportunity to place on record our respect for their achievements … [Read more...] about Wigan Athletic takeover: New owners IEC hail ‘exemplary’ conduct of Whelan family
David Sharpe has penned an emotional message of thanks and goodbye after resigning as Wigan Athletic chairman following the imminent takeover by International Entertainment Corporation. The 27-year-old became the youngest chairman in world football when taking over from his grandad, Dave Whelan, in March 2015.Since then, he has steered the club to two League One titles, and hands over control with the club in mid-table in the Championship.“To the Wigan Athletic supporters and employees,” he wrote.“A little over 12 months ago, after many emotional meetings between my family, we made the decision, that it was the right time for us to step away as the owners of Wigan Athletic Football Club.“At the time I believed we still had unfinished business with Wigan Athletic and I proposed three objectives: recruit a manager who understands the ethos of our great football club and one who would get us back into the Championship, bring together a team of people to package the … [Read more...] about Wigan Athletic takeover: David Sharpe steps down with emotional farewell
What a crazy season it’s been...and there’s still a month of it still to go! The 4-1 midweek win at Rochdale took Wigan Athletic back to the top of the League One table.After weeks of playing catch-up with Blackburn and Shrewsbury, who at one point had played FOUR more games, Latics have returned to where they feel is their natural position.A run of six wins in the last seven matches coming at exactly the right time to crank up the pressure on their promotion rivals.In previous years, Latics would already have done enough to have secured promotion back to the Championship.Their tally of 86 points took Bolton up as runners-up in League One behind Sheffield United last term.It’s only one point shy of the 87 points that took Gary Caldwell’s Latics to the third-tier title two seasons ago.And Paul Cook’s men still have six games remaining!It beggars belief it may need as many as five more wins to mathematically get over the line.But that says everything about … [Read more...] about Talking football: Wigan Athletic getting closer after crazy campaign