Sunderland AFC takeover news RECAP: Club offer brief sale update as new CEO unveiled
The EFL Board are set to meet today – in a conference call which could have ramifications for Sunderland and their League One rivals.
With a number of clubs now calling for the season to be cancelled, the EFL are set to discuss their plans today.
We’ll have the latest from that meeting throughout the day, as well as any breaking news from the Stadium of Light and from around League One. Simply scroll down for fresh updates throughout the day:
RECAP: Sunderland AFC takeover news (22 April)
Last updated: Wednesday, 22 April, 2020, 16:20
- BREAKING: Sunderland have appointed Jim Rodwell as their CEO
- The EFL Board are set to meet today to discuss the next steps for League One - amid claims that the season could be ended early
- UEFA opened the door to leagues being prematurely cancelled after their conference call yesterday.
- Meanwhile at Sunderland, Stewart Donald is still continuing his attempts to sell the club.
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We'll be here with the latest from the Stadium of Light - and League One as a whole - throughout the day.
UEFA have opened the door to leagues being cancelled
The EFL Board are set to meet today
The EFL board will meet today to discuss the next steps in their attempts to continue the season.
There have been claims this week that the League One and League Two campaigns could be cancelled - but we may have a clearer picture of where things stand following today's meeting.
A strong message from the Peterborough owner after claims the season could be ended early
I just got a call from our CEO who was in on EFL L1 meeting today. Ignore all white noise/agenda's/Newspaper articles imo. Football will be back & seasons will get finished or owners who refuse to fulfill fixtures will be getting sued.
Mark Robins believes that at least a month will be needed
League One could be regionalised - reports
The Daily Mail claim that a number of League One and League Two clubs are calling for regionalised leagues to be introduced in future as they bid to address the financial impacts posed by the current suspension in fixtures.
The idea, which was put forward by Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley, is reportedly gaining momentum.
It is reported that: "Moving closer to that set-up would reduce travel costs for all sides and potentially boost attendances as away fans would have far fewer long journeys to watch their teams in action."
I'm honoured and delighted to be joining a club of the stature and pedigree of Sunderland AFC. From my very first meeting with the Chairman, I was sold on his enthusiasm and passion for the club. I'll be counting down the days until I can get started at the stadium and academy to do all I can to drive this great club forward. I would also like to pay thanks to the Swann family for the last five years and for being so understanding in allowing me to join SAFC.
A brief takeover update from Sunderland...
Sunderland AFC club statement
Whilst the club remains for sale, there is understandably increased uncertainty within global markets and the economy as a whole due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some interesting comments from the former Sunderland man
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