Stewart Donald reveals exactly what Richard Hill does behind the scenes at Sunderland
Stewart Donald has shed some light on Richard Hill’s involvement at Sunderland AFC - having confirmed the former Eastleigh chief has no role in the club’s recruitment.
Hill, who is Head of Football Operations at the Stadium of Light, has come in for criticism from sections of the club’s support in recent weeks - with some confusion over the precise nature of his role.
But when quizzed by BBC Radio Newcastle on Hill’s involvement with the Black Cats, Donald has revealed the big behind the scenes influence the 56-year-old has had.
"The one thing I would say about Richard Hill is that Sunderland Football Club would not exist the way it does because of him,” said the Sunderland owner.
"I brought him in and he had to do all of the financial transactions. When I came in and looked at it in real detail I though, 'what have I done here?'
"But he was so strong and he negotiated so well for us that actually he really saved the club - he more than anyone.
"We've all done our bit. Charlie's done his bit, I've done my bit and Juan, but this club was in danger even when Ellis let it go because of the condition it was in.
"We've got a lot to do to get it right, and I'm determined as anyone and as disappointed as anyone that the football is where it is.
"But Richard wasn't brought in for recruitment, he was brought in to get these deals, and he did that. So don't criticise him, buy him a beer!"