Wigan Athletic to be owned by a Hong Kong Company

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has agreed in principle to sell the club to a Hong Kong company. This shows that interest in English football clubs, even teams further down the pyramid is still high in East Asia with Wigan who were once a Premier league club now finding themselves in League one.

The company in question is, The International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) and was sold last year by Hong Kong property tycoon Cheng Yu-Ting to Brighton Path Limited. Brighton Path Limited have said they were given a deadline of February 14th to agree a deal with Whelan.

Brighton Path Limited have said that if the deal is completed, then it is a good chance to diversify the income stream of the company and broaden its revenue base. The statement doesn’t exactly install excitement or even signal any kind of football intentions to push the club on and improve their current league position.

If it does materialise a then Wigan fans will be hopeful that these owners aren’t as crooked and dodgy as the geezer who took over Birmingham City – Carson Yeung by getting Wigan out of the third tier of the English football and pushing them towards the premier league. If they do this, then they will prove me wrong because I think if they do complete a takeover nothing much will change from a Wigan fan’s point of view and the club will stay and compete at the same level under new owners from Hong Kong.

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