Dear Roker Report,
First of all, a very happy Christmas and hopefully a much better New Year to all at RR and all supporters.
Forgive me though for being very sceptical about this “takeover”. Hardly a take over when 3 of the 4 “new” owners are the same old as. We have watched and listened to all the lies and utter BS from SD & CM for 2 and a half years and as they are still involved with the club, it just cannot be a “takeover”. To me it’s a re finance with a 22 year old with money coming on board. Wasn’t that why SD said he was giving 20% of the club to Satori and what has he done, FA.
Time will tell but as long as SD is involved, it will never be as he says. Really hope I’m wrong
Ed’s Note [Rich]: Thanks for your letter, Sam, and I hope you had a very merry Christmas too. Scepticism is absolutely, the order of the day - and the continuing involvement of Donald and Methven as shareholders will no doubt mean we have to keep a very critical eye on what happens at the club.
As you say Juan Sartori, with 20 per cent, has been an almost silent partner for over two years. By your own logic, then, if Donald and Methven have a similar share in the future, why should we expect them to have any more influence over Kyril Louis-Dreyfus than Sartori has had over them?
A takeover of a company happens when the majority of its shares are bought by one individual, company or consortium - that is what is happening at the club at present. There is only one new owner. It is common for existing shareholders, expecting the new investor to boost the business’ performance, to retain a share in the expectation of making a profile. As you say - time will no doubt tell, but we know that change is most certainly afoot at Sunderland AFC.
Dear Roker Report,
It has been almost a year since I last wrote here. And I can’t think of a better time to do it. After past few months of total uncertainty and despair we’re are on the edge of welcoming the new owner at the helm.
First thing we should show the owner is to show our real support and affection towards the club, making him feel at home. Even though the upcoming owners must have done their homework regarding the club, we should exceed their expectations. One thing we should keep in mind is that it might take him time to keep going and the fans shall stay pateint enough in the process.
Unlike Donald, he’s a billionaire owner so let’s hope he’ll spend and take us out of the mess as well as upgrade our academy. With the new owner being someone so young it would have been nice if someone like Nial Quinn take care of the footballing side during the owner’s budding period.
This club deserves the best!!!! Sunderland ‘til I die!!!!
All the way from India. Regards,
Ed’s Note [Rich]: Thanks for your letter, Ardash. Patience is a virtue that Sunderland fans, on the whole, have had to show a lot of for many a long year. Mr Louis-Dreyfus has been around football his whole life and so I have confidence that he will have plans in place that will be implemented pretty quickly. We already have Kristjaan Speakman in charge of the football operation at the club and he has his choice of manager in the dugout.