Malcolm Dawson writes……..in the briefest of statements the club has announced that it has reached an agreement with Papy Djilobodji that will finally bring an end to his employment at SAFC and bring closure to a saga which seems to epitomise the way the club had been badly run and the contrast in policy and attitudes that this current regime has brought to Sunderland AFC.
The statement in full reads: “Sunderland AFC has reached an agreement with Papy Djilobodji for his departure, his employment having terminated on 21 September 2018.” I would suspect the terms of the agreement precludes the club saying much more at this time, but a costly court case has been avoided and hopefully the matter has been resolved to the benefit of the club rather than the player.
Stewart Donald has been a little more forthcoming on his Twitter account saying:
Today has been my favourite day as @SunderlandAFC custodian, excluding match days of course ?? ??.
— stewart donald (@stewartdonald3) November 7, 2018
which would seem to suggest he is happy with what has been decided.
A Senagalese international who Chelsea signed from FC Nantes, you would have thought the fact that despite being on a 4 year contract, he made one solitary appearance for the club in a League Cup tie before being loaned out to Werder Bremen, might have rung alarm bells at Sunderland who paid around £8 million for him in August 2016. He made a total of 22 appearances for us and was consistently underwhelming before being loaned out to Dijon.
I won’t go over the events of the summer – we must all be sick of hearing about them by now but I assume that
a) the club retains his registration so that he can’t sign for anyone else until January
b) he has lost his work permit so that he is no longer able to be resident in the UK
c) the club will receive some compensation if and when he signs for someone else.
Unfortunately his departure (and Ndong’s) does not free up the wage bill as when the club presented their plans to the Football League it was assumed that those two players would not be being paid.
However, they are gone and apart from Lamine Kone, who is still officially a Sunderland player, we no longer have highly paid mercenaries who aren’t committed.
When he came to the club I offered him the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome and if you want to see how embarrassing that welcome seems now, you can read it here but in my defence I did include the following:
” One of M Salut’s acquaintances, who happens to support Chelski, rather cruelly described him as “think Gareth Hall but without the talent”.
Anyway he’s gone now. Onward and upwards.
Ha’way the Lads