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Mansfield Town appoint director of football

Posted onPosted on 13th May

Former Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe, 29, (pictured on club website has been appointed the new director of football at Mansfield Town.

In March 2015, he became the youngest chairman in the history of English football at the age of 23, taking over from his grandfather, David Whelan, at Wigan with the pair delivering unapparelled success to the club.

Under David’s tenure, the Latics won two League One titles, reached the FA Cup quarter-finals and accrued a significant net profit on player sales.

In November 2018, he completed the sale of the club to a Chinese consortium and has since worked as an advisor to board of 366 Group – a highly experienced organisation with over 80 years’ combined experience in media and sports management.

In a joint statement, Mansfield Town owners John and Carolyn Radford said: “We are greatly looking forward to working with David, whose credentials and achievements within football and business are there for all to see.

“At Wigan Athletic, he worked closely with the likes of Roberto Martinez, Uwe Rosler and Paul Cook, amongst others, in masterminding the success which they delivered to the Latics, whilst developing a network of contacts within football and business.

“This expertise and experience, as a director and chairman of Wigan, will now be of real benefit to Mansfield Town as we endeavour to build on the strong foundations which have been made at One Call Stadium.

“David has an infectious passion for football and business, a notable track record within the industry, and the contacts and skills to help the club grow and prosper.

“David will oversee the football structure and will work to implement his recommendations to support both the football operation and the board of directors during this uncertain period for the game and beyond.”

David added: “First and foremost I would like to thank the chairman and Carolyn for the opportunity to become the first director of football in Mansfield Town Football Club’s history.

“Since I stepped away from Wigan Athletic 18 months ago, I’ve always had a burning ambition to be involved with a football club again and although various opportunities have presented themselves, this is the only club that felt the right fit. I’m immensely proud and honoured to now be the director of football at Mansfield Town.

“It is a club which I have followed from afar over the last few years and I am excited to support the chairman and Carolyn in helping them to fulfil their ambitions for the club and the town.

“They have provided a fantastic platform for the future of the football club and continue to commit a significant level of investment. I hope, in my role, to add to the solid foundations and infrastructure already in place from the academy up to the first team.

“I look forward to working closely with Graham Coughlan and all the staff at the football club and I have no doubt that once Graham has the opportunity to put his stamp on the squad this summer, our supporters will have a Stags’ team they can be proud of next season.

“Until then, I echo the sentiments of the Chairman and Carolyn’s messages and wish you all well in this challenging time.”