Sunderland AFC takeover: The EFL stance on the Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus bid

The EFL have taken a ‘no comment’ stance on the Sunderland takeover bid.
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The Echo understands current director Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus are bidding to take a majority shareholding in the club.

National reports in the Guardian last week claimed that the acquisition could be completed within a fortnight, with the deal set to see Stewart Donald dilute his shareholding to 15 per cent.

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And were that indeed the timescale being worked to, it is highly likely that Louis-Dreyfus would already have had to begin the EFL’s Owners and Directors Test.

The EFL have taken a 'no comment' stance on the Sunderland AFC takeoverThe EFL have taken a 'no comment' stance on the Sunderland AFC takeover
The EFL have taken a 'no comment' stance on the Sunderland AFC takeover

But the EFL are remaining coy on whether the process has begun and if wheels have been set in motion, having taken a firm ‘no comment’ stance on the reports.

The Echo submitted the following questions to the EFL:

1. Have the EFL been notified by Sunderland AFC that they intend to appoint a new director and/or that there will be a new majority shareholder of the football club?

2. Has the process of the Owners and Directors Test begun in regards to appointing a new director/majority shareholder at Sunderland AFC?

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An EFL spokesperson replied: “Unfortunately anything in relation to a change of control we can’t comment on.

“It would be one for the club, if they wish to update/comment on it.”

This is not specific to Sunderland, with the EFL – and indeed, the Premier League when it comes to top flight clubs – tending not to comment on matters relating to ownership or a change in control.

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