Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven are the new owners of Sunderland.
The pair are Oxford fans but have wasted little time in trying to get the Sunderland supporters onboard.
Whilst the Mackems dreamed of bigger billionaires replacing billionaire Elliot Short, instead they got this pair who couldn’t afford to pay the £40m asking price for the club, so Short is allowing them to pay for the club in instalments but insisting on it being secured on the next two seasons of parachute payments that Sunderland will receive.
So little wonder that the new owners are telling Sunderland fans what they want to hear to curry favour.
In an interview with a Sunderland fanzine, Charlie Methven has said he has ‘always been fond of Sunderland’ and ‘always had an antipathy towards Newcastle.’
Methven claims that he and Stewart Donald will be supporting the team home and away but ‘not in a Mike Ashley way.’
The new co-owner also declares ‘I’ve always found Newcastle to be a rather arrogant club. They seem to think that they’re special.’
Dear me, can he get any more embarrassing.
It is like when any player signs for any club and will always say how brilliant the new club is, though this from the new Sunderland Director if far far worse.
Slagging off the new club’s rivals to try and get the Mackems onboard…I look forward to when it all falls apart and the new owners are getting slaughtered by the Sunderland fans as the club continues to struggle.
Charlie Methven talking to A Love Supreme:
“Denis Smith was a great manager for both clubs (Oxford and Sunderland) I think, and a great man, I absolutely love Denis.
“So it (Sunderland) has always been a club that I’ve been somewhat fond of from an early age — for some reason I’ve always had an antipathy towards Newcastle.
“I mean that wasn’t a determining factor in this, but it does mean I’ve always had a slight soft spot for Sunderland because I’ve always found Newcastle to be a rather arrogant club.
“They seem to think that they’re special, and they don’t understand that every club is special.
“From an outsider’s perspective I feel that from the North East clubs, at Sunderland and Middlesbrough there’s much mutual appreciation from other clubs, but at Newcastle there’s little appreciation for or from other clubs.
“On away days this year, people will see us there.
“Not in a Mike Ashley way, posturing and pretending to be a supporter. But because sometimes, if it’s your hobby, like it is our hobby, it’s nice to actually spend your Saturday afternoon the way you want to spend it.
“We regard ourselves at Sunderland as being cheerleaders in the club for the supporters of the club.”