Sunderland are entering an exciting new era.
Following last week’s announcement regarding Kyril Louis-Dreyfus acquiring a controlling stake in the club, the good news has kept coming for supporters.
As well as seeing their team record a comprehensive victory over Burton Albion at the weekend, the Black Cats announced a new four-camera operation that would greatly enhance the viewing experience for supporters who were watching the team play online.
But now the proposed improvements from the new owner seem to be stretching to on-field matters.
Reports from the Daily Mail have claimed that Louis-Dreyfus is now turning his attention towards improving the pitch at the Stadium Of Light.
Head coach Lee Johnson has recently gone on the record to express his dissatisfaction with the playing surface at their home ground, saying: “We are going to need to invest in pitches, both at the training ground and here, if we want to play that fast, attacking, zippy, football,” he said.
“I have to say that the man of the match was the groundsman last night for getting the game on – in fact all of our groundstaff at the club have been brilliant, but they need investment because it has dripped and drained away, and the surface is an important part of the way we want to play.
“Whether it’s the length of the grass or whatever, it is important.”
That message has clearly been picked up by Dreyfus who is reportedly set to invest £500,000 in the HF Pro hybrid turf system – a more modern model that is used at grounds such as The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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This is such an exciting time for Sunderland supporters.
Following the announcement about streaming the investment into a new pitch at the Stadium Of Light is a huge signal of intent that the bar is going to be raised as the club look to aspire to rub shoulders with the best in England.
Of course there’s a lot of work to do before that can happen but early suggestions from Louis-Dreyfus are suggesting that he’s not going to mess around as he looks to make an impact.