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Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ stance on Sunderland ownership saga emerges

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Sunderland majority owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus remains interested in purchasing more shares from both Charlie Methven and Stewart Donald to increase his stake in the Black Cats.

And the French tycoon has no interest in selling up his share of the Wearside club following reports last week that William Storey had made an approach worth £42 million to buy them and that there was a split at boardroom level regarding the offer.

Dreyfus completed his takeover of Sunderland back in February 2021, with a press release indicating that he had purchased a controlling share of the club.

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Doubts crept in regarding the true state of the ownership though earlier this year, where it was subsequently revealed that previous owner Donald still held a 34 per cent share in the club, with Juan Sartori holding 20 per cent and Methven having five per cent.

Whilst Dreyfus’ 41 per cent share was a majority one, he is not the outright controlling figure at the Stadium of Light, although buying out Donald and Methven would take his stake to 80 per cent.

Both Donald and Methven have stated this year that they are willing to sell up their share in the club, and at the most recent Sunderland supporters collective meeting, per the Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats’ COO Steve Davison confirmed Dreyfus’ desire to buy out at least part of his fellow board members and he has had no contact with anyone wishing to buy the club.

The Verdict

It’s perhaps not the best time for Sunderland’s ownership issues to come to light again when they are just eight days away from a play-off final clash with Wycombe.

However on the other hand, a clear structure will need to be in place if they do get to the Championship, and if you ask a lot of supporters then they won’t want Methven and Donald involved.

Many were under the assumption that Dreyfus had completely bought the club out in 2021, but that proved not to be the case at all.

It would be a relief for many fans if he were to fully buy out the Madrox pair, but that may be easier said than done – especially if there is a major difference in valuation.


25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

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