Charlie Methven reacts to stunning Sunderland season ticket sales
Charlie Methven has hailed the Sunderland support after stunning season ticket sales.
Season card sales have already surpassed 23,300.
12 months ago, 21,682 season cards had been sold, leading to sales greater than 24,000 in total.
The club’s executive director Methven, said: “Those of us working at the club owe a huge thank you to our passionate fan base for their continued commitment.
“For all of us, the weeks that followed our Wembley disappointment were tough, which makes it all the more laudable that our supporters have so swiftly dusted themselves down and readied themselves to once again be our club’s bedrock for the new campaign.
“The fact that there has been a significant and notable increase in season card sales is both a tribute to the steadfastness of SAFC supporters, but also, I think, a result of the many small improvements that were made to the matchday experience over the course of last season.”
*England Under-21 international Mason Mount has signed a five-year contract with Chelsea.
The 20-year-old midfielder spent last season playing under new Blues boss Frank Lampard during a loan spell at Derby.
"It's a massively proud moment for myself and my family," Mount said.
Mount has yet to make his debut for Chelsea's first team but impressed for Championship side Derby during the last campaign, scoring 11 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.
Mount added: "I joined this club at six years old and it was always my goal to play for the first team one day.”
"I'm really looking forward to the coming season now and working hard to have an impact here at Chelsea.
"I've been at the club for a long time already and hopefully I'll stay for a long time to come."
Mount had a loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem in 2017-18, scoring nine goals in 29 Eredivisie appearances and five more in three play-off games as the Dutch club qualified for the Europa League.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "Mason has come right the way through the Chelsea academy and has always stood out as a fantastic talent and dedicated individual.
"We have monitored his development extremely closely while he has been out on loan and believe he is now ready to be a member of our squad competing at the top of the Premier League.
"Like another of our academy graduates, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, we are delighted Mason has committed himself to the club this summer and look forward to an exciting future ahead."