Wigan chairman David Whelan has quit the JJB Sports business he founded after selling his family's entire holding for £190m.
Whelan took Wigan from the lower leagues to the Premiership
Whelan, who set up the sports chain in 1971, sold his 29% stake to a joint venture formed by Icelandic financial group Exista and Chris Ronnie.
Whelan said: "Retiring from the board and selling my stake in the business I founded has not been an easy decision.
"But it has been made easier by my confidence in the management team."