The youngest chairman in British football says his age hasn’t stopped him getting respect in the game.

David Sharpe was 23 last March when he took over from his granddad, Dave Whelan, at League One’s Wigan Athletic.

Speaking to Newsbeat, David insisted that he already has a lot more experience than some others in his position.

“People might have thought I’d be a bit of a pushover but I think they’ve learnt quickly that I’m not.”

But the lifelong Wigan fan admits: “You can’t just walk into a club and act like a kid throwing your arms about.

“You have to earn people’s respect and I hope I’m doing that.”

David has been supporting Wigan since he was four and was once a mascot for the club, walking on to the pitch with his granddad.

Dave Whelan and David Sharpe
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