Salut! Sunderland, like most supporters, has no special insider knowledge of the reportedly imminent conclusion of negotiations with the would-be new owners of Sunderland AFC, says Monsieur Salut.
I have been too busy to badger my old colleague Charlie Methven and Charlie would have been too busy or too cautious to shed much light if badgered. As my granddaughter would say, “how are we supposed to know?”.
Therefore we have followed events much as other SAFC fans have done. One report this morning – it was clearly speculative so I paid it little real attention – said the new regime would (pleasing all the whingers) replace Jack Ross.
But one writer on SAFC affairs I do take notice of is Phil Smith from the Sunderland Echo. And he today provided a useful resume of the story so far.
It’s his, not ours, so we will offer only snippets and recommend a visit to the Echo site to read it in full.
* …. significant progress has been made since news of the talks and bid broke a fortnight ago
* … Glenn Fuhrman, John Phelan and Robert Platek, major players at the hugely successful MSD Partners group, will take a shareholding and an active role in the running of the club. Michael Dell will be a passive investor
* … Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven expected to retain important roles. The future involvement of the Uruguyan businessman and politician Juan Sartori, whose father-in-law, Dmitry Rybolovlev, owned the Ligue One club Monaco in its heyday, may retain an interest but to what extent remains unclear
* …. if the deal goes through, the ambition is summed up by a long-term plan to establish Sunderland as top-flight regulars
Phil’s article also provides the recent chronology of events at the club. It is well worth a read.