David Sharpe is to step down as chairman of Championship membership Wigan Athletic as soon as a takeover is accomplished.
The Whelan household are on account of transition their controlling stake of the membership to Hong Kong-based Worldwide Leisure Company subsequent week.
“It has been an honour to be chairman,” Sharpe stated in an open letter.
“I used to be born a Wigan Athletic fan, I grew up as a Wigan Athletic fan, I ran the membership as a Wigan Athletic fan and I’ll proudly at all times be a fan.”
The Latics had been backside of the fourth tier when Sharpe’s grandfather Dave Whelan purchased them in 1995, however they received three promotions in 10 years to succeed in the Premier League.
They spent eight successive seasons within the high flight between 2005 and 2013 and lifted their first main trophy, the FA Cup, three days earlier than being relegated.
Whelan, now 81, stepped down as chairman in 2015, leaving Sharpe accountable for the membership.
“I’ll make myself obtainable to make sure a seamless transition and naturally my resignation is topic to completion,” Sharpe continued.
“I’m certain you possibly can all recognize there’s at all times a cut-off date to maneuver on and that is it.”