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Sunderland fans realise potential new owner is Newcastle fan – Classic comments

4 years ago

Sunderland fans have had an interesting Friday.

It started with a story in The Times reporting that an Irish businessman could be set to take over their club.

The Mackems ecstatic because they might have somebody to rescue them from League One and see the back of Ellis Short.

The Irish businessman named by The Times is William O’Brien, who runs a successful crane hire and storage company with bases across Europe.

When approached by The Times he offered the proverbial ‘No comment’.

However, the Sunderland fans weren’t able to celebrate for too long before arguments broke out between them over the identity of the prospective new owner.

The source of the conflict being when a photo of O’Brien in a Newcastle top started circulating, then another one, and then another one…

Sunderland fans commenting via their Ready To Go message board:

‘He lost a bet and had to wear a mag top. Imagine thinking he’s a mag LOL.’

‘I doubt it – he’s wearing that brown ale top all the mags revere.

It’s not like he’s wearing the latest top someone popped off to buy at Sports Direct just to honour a bet.’

‘I don’t want a Mag owner – you couldn’t make this up.

‘A Newcastle supporter who is Irish. Hardly a geordie is he? Who cares anyway? Would people rather have Short and Bain? Really hope this comes off like we need something to cling to and look forward to.’

‘Well gloss over it as much as you like, I think it’s bad news.’

‘Oh god O’Brien is a Mag.’

 ‘That would be some consolation if we have a Mag owner and they’d still have the cockney lol.’

‘If we get bought out after a double relegation and they’re stuck with Fashley in the Premier League with Rafa as manager that would be quite the coup.’

‘We know hardly know anything about the bloke, or even if the story is true.

If he was sat in an office at the SOL with a mag top saying he is appointing Keegan and wants us to be the ‘Entatanaas’ then it might not be to promising.’

‘Could not care less. If he wants to take on SAFC at our lowest ebb then he’s a brave man and I’ll welcome him regardless of his previous plastic allegiances.’

‘Nah. Not for me like. I could not have a mag owning our club.’

‘A good number of safc fans have worn a nufc top for charitable reasons, so lets not jump to conclusions. wait till facts are known.

In any case, the man is coming in with a load of money with other people in order to rescue our club.’

‘If he’s putting his money in he will want us to do well and imagine the meltdown of the mags when ‘one of their own’ is investing in us rather than them.’

‘Pic of William O’Brien in a Newcastle shirt doing the rounds on twitter. Head in hands on desk at O”Brien HQ after Man United result in November

O’Brien out!!!’

‘This shouldn’t bother anyone as we have a self-proclaimed Sunderland fan owning us at the minute and look how that’s gone.’

‘If a mag took us ower and got us above the mags.

I would find it rather amusing to say the least.’

‘He’s from cork

He’s not a mag.’

‘I believe John(SAFC) Hall did the same when took over Newcastle.’

‘Well at least he can’t be taking over us to sabatage us, if that was his goal he’d just let Ellis continue on.

‘Did John Hall want success at mags as he was season ticket holder at roker park.’

‘Tbf he’s probably more of a businessman than an actual fan. Supporting a team doesn’t put anything on the table at the end of the day.

And there are different degrees to being a fan. He might claim to be a Newcastle fan but it might not mean that much to him.’

‘If it is true – IF then how can he possibly truly want Sunderland to succeed?

You just can’t truly want success at Sunderland if you are a Newcastle fan.

Your heart is contradicted and that is a fact.

IF he is a Newcastle fan. Nothing is confirmed at all and it may be total rubbish.’

‘He’s Irish. He’s as much a Mag fan as the kids I saw running around Bristol in 1996 when I moved here. With these people, business is business.’

‘Marra, it is a mag anarl…we are fu…..’


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