The Kyril Louis-Dreyfus Instagram story that shows billionaire owner understands Sunderland

Sunderland’s new billionaire owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus was quick to react to Sunderland’s cup final victory yesterday.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 8:58 am

Kyril – son of former Olympique de Marseille owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus – was confirmed as Sunderland’s new owner and controlling shareholder in February after the EFL sanctioned his takeover of the club.

Since then, the feeling around Wearside has changed dramatically, with Sunderland unbeaten in their last nine fixtures in all competitions.

Indeed, Lee Johnson’s side – watched on by Louis-Dreyfus – defeated Tranmere Rovers in the final of the Papa John’s Trophy ending a 47 year and 10 months Wembley losing streak in the process.

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Lynden Gooch grabbed the only goal of the game following a superb through ball by Aiden McGeady.

And Sunderland’s new 23-year-old owner was quick to react on Instagram, posting a story that shows he is buying into the grand history of Sunderland.

Louis-Dreyfus posted a picture of Hendon-born legend Raich Carter holding the FA Cup back when Sunderland captured the trophy for the first time in 1937.

The local lad Carter captained the Black Cats to victory against Preston North End that day and is arguably the club’s greatest ever player.

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, owner of Sunderland reacts, during Papa John's Trophy final a Wembley Stadium.
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, owner of Sunderland reacts, during Papa John's Trophy final a Wembley Stadium.

Carter made 245 league appearances for his hometown club and scored 118 goals, winning the FA Cup and First Division title in the process.

And in the era of the great Stanley Matthews – who played in a similar position to Carter – the Sunderland-born inside forward was capped 13 times for England, scoring seven goals.

It can be no bad thing that Louis-Dreyfus is taking such a keen interest in Sunderland’s illustrious past.

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