‘The cracks are starting to show’, ‘Bottle job’ – These Sunderland fans react to latest club development

Sunderland director Charlie Methven has resigned from the board of the Wearside club, effective on Thursday.

Methven has been at chairman Stewart Donald’s side since the takeover following relegation, but he’s now cited personal reasons for stepping down.

“This is a really tough decision to make, but for both family and work-related reasons it was something I felt I had to do,” he told the club’s official site.

My wife and I are expecting our first child in the New Year, and the reality of my day job – which is largely political consultancy – is that the first months of a new government will be very challenging.

“I’ve been a largely absentee husband, father and colleague for nearly two years, as the SAFC project took over most of my life, and it’s time that I re-paid those close to me for their patience.”

Methven will still retain his six per cent share in the club, alongside Donald and Juan Sartori. Talks of a takeover have been raging for weeks as the Black Cats find themselves in a perilous position on the field, struggling for wins and as low as 11th in League One.

Chairman Stewart Donald confirmed Methven has wanted out for a while, saying:  “This is a really difficult one for me, as Charlie and I have been working non-stop together on this for almost two years.

“He came and asked if he could resign a couple of months ago, as he was finding it very difficult to keep all the plates in his life spinning, but I asked him to stay on until the investment process was concluded and Juan was back in the UK.

“I am grateful that he did that, as it enabled me to take a breather and re-gather my energies for the next stage, but it will still feel odd without him, even if we still see each other on a social basis.”

Fans have reacted on Twitter with a mix of speculation and rumour, with some suggesting all has not been well behind the scenes for some time.


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