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13th May 2020 21:59

Mansfield Town appoint director of football
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 13 May 2020

Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the appointment of former Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe as its new director of football.

The 29-year-old will further enhance the club’s football structure, working closely with manager Graham Coughlan and his staff.

Highly regarded within football, Mr Sharpe will also endeavour to advance the club’s business model, alongside owners John & Carolyn Radford.

After studying business management at university, Mr Sharpe worked at Wigan from an early age, before being appointed as a director in 2014.

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, with the pair delivering unapparelled success to the Greater Manchester club.

Under Mr Sharpe’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, owners John & 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.

Read more at https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2020/may/mansfield-town-appoint-director-of-football/


David Sharpe spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray, Wed 13 May 2020:

"My role will be a fine balance of sitting in between the manager and the chairman and chief executive.
"My key relationship is myself and the manager, trusting each other.
"The director of football title sometimes people think "well he'll sign the players and the manager just coaches the team", that's far from the truth when it comes to me.
"I'll support the manager, I'll help the manager, we'll work with the head of recruitment very closely, and the manager will always have the final say on what players come in and out of this football club, along with the chairman obviously from a financial point of view.
"I'm here to support the manager, to work between him and the board, to report to the board."

Full audio here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08d2m6v