CHARLTON ATHLETIC’S mystery takeover bidders are the Lenagan family — owners of Rugby League giants Wigan Warriors.

The League One outfit have been a target for several parties but now the Lancashire-based family are close to a deal.

Charlton's takeover bidders have been revealed as the Lenagan Family


Charlton’s takeover bidders have been revealed as the Lenagan FamilyCredit: Getty

Family head Ian Lenagan is the RL club’s chief but has big football interests from his time at Oxford and as EFL chairman.

His son Simon may be the family representative who steps in at Charlton as their main man if they conclude a move to buy 80 per cent of the club.

Owner Thomas Sandgaard wants to sell the majority of the Addicks and recently brought in a new management team.

Director of football Andy Scott was at Oxford during Lenagan’s reign while “deal fixer” Charlie Methven had links with the U’s before moving to Sunderland.

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Methven also has allies at Charlton with the new regime and — despite denials — is a main player behind the scenes.

The group should have no problems with approval for their plans.

Charlton are 12th in the League One table amid a turbulent campaign.

Dean Holden replaced Ben Garner as Addicks boss last month after a disappointing start to the season.


Holden’s side earned a 2-1 win over Lincoln on Saturday after beating Portsmouth in midweek.

The Addicks are nine points above the third tier’s relegation zone and the same amount off the playoffs.

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