Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it has happened. Martin Bain, CEO of Sunderland AFC, is now Martin Bain, ex-CEO of SAFC. No one takes his place because the “place” has been declared surplus to requirements – quite a dramatic change from being one considered worthy of £1.2m a year.
The official club statement says Bain’s post has been made redundant and quotes the new owner Stewart Donald directly:
We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Martin for all of his efforts during his time at the club and in particular for his work during the takeover process, which we very much appreciate. We wish him well for the future.
Bain said: “My position of CEO at Sunderland AFC has been made redundant and I will be leaving the club with immediate effect. I wish the new owners and those involved with the club moving forward well for the future.
“During the last two years, I have had the honour and pleasure of working alongside a dedicated and passionate group of staff, who have nothing but the best interests of the club at their core. I am hugely appreciative of the steadfast support they have given me and I truly hope that they get to enjoy happier times.
“It has been a testing period personally in exceptionally difficult circumstances and I sincerely wish for a brighter future for the club and its supporters.”
Few tears will be shed among supporters.
Bain bears at least some responsibility for the shambles into which, under Ellis Short, the club was allowed to descend, though all he did was undoubtedly done at his master’s bidding. When the new owner began to look at the need for “root and branch” change, the size of his salary was – to him and his team – a particular source of bewilderment.
Stand by for a lot more upheaval.
F***ing love Charlie Methven me. Love the man. Would read you a cracking bed time story @RokerReport
— Jayne (@jaynizzle90) May 21, 2018
* And let’s not be churlish: Roker Report’s podcast with Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven (whose mention of a minor investment translates, according to Salut! Sunderland’s information, as six per cent): https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/2018/5/21/17377704/roker-rapport-podcast-with-sunderland-owners-stewart-donald-charlie-methven