From Rangers to Maccabi Tel Aviv: Nine things you need to know about Sunderland AFC's new chief executive

Martin Bain

Martin Bain

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Sunderland's first major signing of the summer is new chief executive Martin Bain.

Bain replaces Margaret Byrne who resigned in March following the Adam Johnson scandal and he is due to start his new role at the beginning of July.

Ellis Short

Ellis Short

Here's what you need to know about Sunderland's new chief executive:

1) As a young man, Bain - a former student of Glasgow University - modelled part-time and worked in a Glasgow city-centre bar before focusing on a career in marketing and public relations.

2) Bain had moved to South Africa before completing his degree course at Glasgow University but was struck down with malaria and returned to Scotland.

Bain said: "I had attended Glasgow University but left to start a new life in South Africa before completing my degree course.

The Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light

"While I was out there, I contracted malaria and returned to Scotland to make my recovery."

3) Bain, who is currently chief executive at Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, will take up his new role at the Stadium of Light on July 1, 2016.

4) Prior to joining Maccabi, Bain was CEO at Rangers Football Club and the 47-year-old has also served on the Scottish Premier League's board of directors.

5) During his tenure in Scotland, Rangers won three consecutive league titles, reached the final of the UEFA Cup and regularly appeared in the group stages of the Champions and Europa League.

6) Bain's long association with Rangers began in 1996 when he joined the Ibrox commercial department.

He was elevated to the post of director of football business at Ibrox in November 2002 and then became chief executive in February 2005.

7) In May 2011, David Murray sold Rangers to majority shareholder Craig Whyte.

Bain had raised serious concerns about the takeover and attempted to block the sale of the club. He was later suspended by Whyte.

Bain left in June that year and later sued for damages, alleging a breach of contract following the takeover - a lawsuit he dropped in 2012.

Speaking at the time, Bain said: "Events have moved on and the damage inflicted on Rangers is shocking.

"I always have done, and will continue to do, everything I can to help the club in these difficult times."

The former chief executive said that turnover at the club had increased and the debts were reduced in the time before Mr Whyte "forced" his exit.

8) After a three-year break from football, Bain took over as chief executive at Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2014 and oversaw one of the most successful periods in the club's history.

The club secured a domestic treble in 2015 and Champions League qualification, while off the field he has won praise for strong commercial growth and improving the club's finances.

He was hand-picked for the job by Maccabi’s wealthy Canadian owner Mitch Goldhar.

9) Bain says he is looking forward to helping Sunderland AFC, who will enjoy their 10th straight year as a Premier League club next season, fulfil its potential.

He said: "I am looking forward to working closely with the chairman and everyone involved with the club, and will endeavour to do everything possible to help the club to realise its potential."