Not even sales of football shirts during the World Cup improved fortunes for the UK's largest sports retailing chain and now the Financial Times - and other newspapers - reports that the management of JJB Sports is considering taking the company private.

After share price plummet, JJB Sports thinks about going private

JJB issued a profits warning earlier this summer which sent its share price into freefall. This has led to press speculation that the chain – which sells bicycles as well as other sports equipment – could be looking to go private.

34 percent of JJB Sports is owned by founder and chairman David Whelan, and son-in-law and chief executive Duncan Sharpe.

The Financial Times reports that JJB execs are mulling several options that also include sale to a trade or financial buyer.

However, JJB is likely to wait until next year, after this autumn’s football, back-to-school and Christmas sales seasons, said the FT.

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