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Fan Letters: Kyril-Louis Dreyfus - Sunderland takeover edition!

“Hopefully the takeover will go through soon - this is just what this club needs” writes RR reader Mark Wild, who is hopeful for Sunderland’s future with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus at the helm. Got something to say?!

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Dear Roker Report,

Hopefully the take over will go through soon - this is just what this club needs.

We need a fresh outlook to take the club to where it belongs, not languishing in league one which is down to years of bad management.

Reading about young Kyril Drefus and his background, the lad could be a breath of fresh air for the club. The lad will hopefully take whole club and rebuild it into to a successful club off and on the field.

The rumours are the search for a sporting director is already underway - hopefully we get the right man, with fresh ideas to take the club in a new direction. At the moment the club is stuck in the stone age in comparison to how a club should be run in this day and age.

What the lads’ family did at Marseille was fantastic - hopefully he can do the same at Sunderland. We need a young owner with new ideas - he could be the saviour for the club. We can not continue down the path the club is going - it has to change and fast.

This, of course, is just hearsay at the moment - until it is signed, sealed and done, everything remains the same. We all hope it goes through because I cannot watch this great club suffer any longer.

If it goes through the fans will back them to the hilt.

Here is to a bright future for the club - we have the fan base and facilities. If we don’t change the philosophy, we will be stuck in the doldrums for years.

Mark Wild

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Hi Mark. I share your optimism for Louis-Dreyfus - I think a young man with modern ideas is exactly what this club needs. He’s spent his entire life growing up around Marseille and watching his father and mother run the show - I think this experience could be crucial to how he approaches things himself.

The article in L’Equipe mentioned they’re already interviewing candidates for the Sporting Director role, which suggests structural change. I’ve been banging that drum for years.

Olympique de Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I was very disappointed with your question/answers about our potential new major shareholder. It asked nothing and got nothing. We are non the wiser. Just a waste of time.

The big story surely is, how can we have new owners (note the plural) when 3 of them are existing ones. Why the hell is SD still part owner? It’s all secrecy and confidential with SD - while behind the scenes, he’s killing our club.

He said “I always said I’d go when the supporters don’t want me, and that time has come”. More lies from our chancer owner. Some fans may be seduced by the Marseille connection and the talk of £2 Billion. and clutch to the belief that SD has once again saved our club. BS.

Sam Lucas

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy the interview Sam! Sadly, not much is known about Dreyfus publicly - we can’t eek information out of people if they don’t have it. The Marseille supporter who was good enough to speak with us spoke positively about Kyril and, more specifically, the Louis-Dreyfus family, which I can only suggest is a good thing.

I certainly don’t believe this represents Donald ‘saving the club’, and certainly haven’t seen or heard any fans suggesting that’s the case. The involvement of a young, rich, ambitious owner can and should only be seen as a good thing at this stage. Once we know more about his plans, and how he intends to run the club, I suspect we’ll be able to form a better opinion of this takeover but, for now, let’s just hope it’s the new start this club needs.


Dear Roker Report,

I am thrilled with the recent takeover reports. I’m thrilled that Juan is taking a more active role, whilst SD and CM both retain some equity and prospective new owner/invester/majority shareholder Kyril Louis-Dreyfus seems to be a good fit for SAFC, young, enthusiastic and a genuine football lover (and rich).

I’ve read that JS and KL-D are in talks to purchase a club in Uruguay, Club Atletico River Plate. I was curious about whether or not Club Atletico River Plate would be a feeder club or a separate venture?

Malachi Donnelly

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Who knows - using a feeder club model would make sense, though, wouldn’t it? If we form links in a number of countries with top clubs in their respective divisions, it opens up so many pathways that we haven’t previously explored.

It was previously mooted that Sartori’s plan for SAFC was to farm talent from South America into our club’s academy, but nothing came of it. Perhaps your suggestion is accurate - I guess time will tell. I’m not holding my breath, but it would be great if that was the case.

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Dear Roker Report,

I have just read about the so-called take over of our club and some of the comments to go with it. One comment that caught my eye in particular was the suggestion that they didn’t know what they were doing (Donald, Methven and Sartori).

I’m sorry but these chancers (as they have been called amongst other things by fans over the last year or so) know exactly what they are doing - they retain a large stake in the club and stay on the board, therfore influencing decisions without taking any of the flack which be thrown their way.

As another comment suggested it is just a rearangement of the share distribution with the same clowns in charge, with the added bonus of a child in charge who will have to rely on them for local knowledge.

So, as far as Mr Parkinson goes, he is here to stay and probably with an extension to his contract to boot. I hope to god I’m wrong or maybe I’m just being too sceptical - may the good lord prove me wrong, but somehow I don’t think he will.

Be careful what wish for all you fans who think that this is the end of all of our problems, because I think it is the start of a whole lot more.

Dave Shaw in Lincolnshire

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I’m struggling to find the negatives in a twenty-odd year old Billionaire buying a majority stake on our football club, but I guess time will tell - my glass is half full!

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Dear Roker Report,

Reports say Donald is going to retain 15%, so what happened to the “when they want me to go I’ll go” promises?

Why in god’s name does he want to retain any part of Sunderland - it sounds very fishy to me. It’s obviously financial, because it’s not about his love for the club after what we’ve gone through.

Give it up, Stewart, and retire to Oxford for god’s sake!

Peter Stuart

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I think the explanation is pretty straightforward - he’s retaining a stake in the club in the event the club is sold for a decent chunk down the line.

I thought Giles Mooney did a cracking job of summarising things over on the website of our very good friends A Love Supreme - give it a read by clicking here.

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