A long-running takeover saga has seemingly come to an end, with the announcement that Bahraini businessman Talal Al Hammad is in advanced talks to buy Wigan from the club’s administrators. The price tag of PS3million was agreed upon by the club’s administrators, who have confirmed that they are in advanced talks with the potential new Middle Eastern owner. Wigan are currently languishing in the bottom four of League One.
The new owners of Wigan Athletic have brought with them a new ownership style that has seen the club emerge from administration. As a former architect, Al Hammad has gained experience as a project manager and investment strategy specialist. He has also managed projects in England, Cyprus, and France. As a businessman, he is a keen supporter of football and believes that investing in the game serves a social and economic purpose.
The takeover of Wigan was a highly controversial move, resulting in the sacking of the existing board of directors. The previous board of directors, which included Richard Bramwell and Thomas Markham, was dissolved after the club was relegated to the Championship. The EFL has since blocked the deal, and it is unclear whether a new board will be appointed before the end of the year.