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Former Sunderland figure lands Championship role after 2021 Stadium of Light departure

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Former Sunderland CEO Jim Rodwell has been named as Peterborough United’s interim chief executive after leaving the Stadium of Light in February. 

Rodwell spent less than a year in his role with the North East club having been brought in by Stewart Donald in April 2020.

10 months later he departed the club, having helped facilitate Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover of the Black Cats before stepping down in February.

Rodwell has not had to wait too long for another role, however, and is back in work in the division above his former club.

Following the retirement of Bob Symns, who spent 17 years as CEO at Posh, it was announced yesterday that he’d been brought in as his replacement on an interim basis with immediate effect.

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The Verdict

Rodwell was never a particularly popular figure among fans of the North East club – perhaps because he was brought in by Stewart Donald when relations with supporters were particularly toxic and maybe even because he shared a name with Jack Rodwell.

Even so, he helped to facilitate the Louis-Dreyfus takeover and deserves credit for that, with the Frenchman thanking him for his assistance when he left the club.

Given his experience in football, it’s no huge surprise to see him pop back up in the Championship but it will be interesting to see how long he lasts.

Given the fact the club were searching for new owners throughout his tenure, Rodwell’s impact at Sunderland was fairly limited but he should have more a chance at his new club.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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