Sunderland Sack Chris Coleman – Ellis Short Sells The Club


Sunderland owner Ellis Short has agreed to sell the club to a group led by Stewart Donald, who is the Chairman of the National League side Eastleigh, located just outside of Southampton.

Sunderland AFC have just issued the news and that came after the news was leaked earlier that Sunderland have sacked Chris Coleman as their manager

Ellis Short – former owner of Sunderland

In the last two seasons, Sunderland have suffered successive relegations and next season will be in League One after they will finish bottom of the Championship this season.

This is the statement Sunderland put out on Chris Coleman:

“Sunderland AFC announces that manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons have been released from their contracts,”

“The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris and Kit for their tireless efforts in what has been a hugely disappointing season for everyone involved with the club.”

“The club is unable to make further comment at this time.”

This is what Ellis Short has said on the sale of Sunderland:

“It is no secret that I have been trying to sell Sunderland but I have waited until the right group came along that have the experience, finances and plan to take this great club back to where it deserves to be.”

“Overall, my Chairmanship has not gone the way I would have wished; the many high points of a decade in the Premier League have been overshadowed by the low points of the last two terrible seasons.”

“I was, therefore, determined to ensure that I leave Sunderland in the best possible hands and in the best possible state to turn the corner.”

“To achieve this, higher offers from less qualified buyers were rejected and I have paid off all the debts owed by the club to leave it financially strong and debt free.”

This is what Donald, Chairman of Eastleigh  said:

“Our group have all been involved in building – or rebuilding – football clubs to reach their potential.”

“And we believe over the last decade we have acquired the necessary skill sets to overcome the many challenges that will face us at this huge club.”

Sunderland fans will be pleased that American Ellis Short has finally gone and hope the new owner will be able to help them put a decent team together to come straight back up from League One next season.

Comments welcome.


82 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Apr 29, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  • Pottsclock

    Apr 29, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    If anyone is wondering where Eastleigh is…it’s basically a suburb of Southampton. LOL
    So yes, Mr Donald does have a record of rebuilding National League/Conference sides, for example. Maybe that’s the level that Sunderland now see themselves.

    I look forward to the appointment of Mr Duck as manager of Sunderland.

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  • G

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    So lets get this straight, some non league blokes have clubbed together to asset strip the bungalow of plight. The mackems seem to believe this is a positive thing?

    7
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Good to see WHam taking the attack to Citeh!

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    The two red bull cars have had a coming together

    1
  • JDdubai

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    If he has paid off the debt on his way out that is a pretty good thing to do. Can’t see Mikey doing that if/when that day comes….

    3
  • switch365

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    {Quote}…the experience, finances and plan to take this great club back to where it deserves to be.” {/quote}
    Wouldn’t that be non league football?
    I think the guy has done a sterling job, even if misfortune has kept them up until recent times.
    You will be sorely missed by us Mags Ellis!

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Hibbitt Ashley is a tool but in simple terms Sunderland is a basket case with a double relegation and disastrous finances, managerial appointments and awful player recruitment. Whilst we are fortunate to have Rafa, and by rights we could still easily be a championship club, we are solvent and have a capacity to grow. I’m sure most of the unwashed would gladly swap situations. This is not to praise Fats by the way.

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  • JohnJ

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Those from over the water never gave Chris Coleman a fair crack of the whip! What on earth did they expect? The club was in freefall before he was even appointed. They say the impossible takes a while but miracles take a lot longer!!!

    Just to keep things right I’m a die hard Toon supporter but I do feel some empathy towards Sunderland it could have so easily been us had Rafa the Gafa not been appointed!

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  • DaveD1000

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Eastleigh were promoted to the National League for the first time in their history in 2014 but have been unable to reach the English Football League – despite Donald’s attempts to “buy his way out” of the division.

    finished 14th

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    There will be a fire sale to end all fire sales
    I think I’ll go and buy John O’Shea and keep
    him in the garden shed for the kids to play
    with at the weekends.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Lewis Hamilton has more jam than Hartleys

    ha ha ha

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  • posada

    Apr 29, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Slimani – another nut job. No thanks.
    Kenedy – quality in some respects. Will never be top class due to not having the legs/stamina.
    Dubravka – ok for 3.5 million.

    Gayle and Mitro need to be sold. Two top strikers brought in.
    We are lucky in that we will get good money for both. Mitro 20 million. Would have been 8 if he was still not playing, so thank you Fulham.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 29, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Hahahahahahaha

    Ha

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s paid off the debt? Shame Mikey couldn’t write off the money he’s put in to bail us out of the messes he’s created and sell us for a reasonable 250M.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    West Ham aren’t out of the clarts yet, Soton with a much better GD, their only saving grace is they’ve got Leicester next whose players seem determined to get rid of Puel, they’ll eventually get relegated as well if the players keep deciding who the manager will be.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #17

    I didn’t realise Toure was still there, I thought he rapped over that Birthday cake?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Jeez, Swansea have some nail biters coming up

    1
  • posada

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #19

    If Short writes off the debt, does that not add up to a breach of the financial fair play rules.
    The club is supposed to be self financing, with only so much put in per year by the owner.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    relegation battle fixture
    West Brom 28pts
    Spuds home
    Palace away

    Stoke 30pts
    Palace Home
    Swansea Away

    Southampton 32pts
    Everton away
    Swansea Away
    Man City Home

    Swansea 33pts
    Bournemouth away
    Southampton Home
    Stoke Home

    Huddersfield 35pts
    Man City Away
    Chelsea Home
    Arsenal Home

    West Ham 35pts
    Leicester Away
    Man Utd Home
    Everton Home

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #21

    posada

    If Short writes off the debt, does that not add up
    to a breach of the financial fair play rules.

    He hasn’t written off debt
    He’s settled debt
    (one assumes some to the taxman)
    to avoid administration and encourage a sale.
    In which case FIFA will back right off

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford in the league for 10 years and Jose Mourinho has never lost a home league game against Wenger (W4 D3). (BBC)

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Mark Hughes
    Paul Lambert
    Alan Pardew
    One of those three will sure to be the new manager of The Mackems !

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Joking aside

    If Short’s words are accurately quoted, there’s an owner who’s done the right thing by his club.

    “I was, therefore, determined to ensure that I leave Sunderland in the best possible hands and in the best possible state to turn the corner.”

    “To achieve this, higher offers from less qualified buyers were rejected and I have paid off all the debts owed by the club to leave it financially strong and debt free.”

    Compare his behaviour with Ashley’s so-called attempts at selling and it’s just a pity Ashley won’t see beyond his greed and think of Newcastle United and its fan’s for once.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #25

    lesh
    Yours is an unsurprising view
    Someone less hate driven might
    say that Ellis Short and has proven
    he was never a fit person to run
    a footy club.
    whereas
    NUFC is financially solid and in a
    much better position.

    4
  • toonluvva

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #26

    So Sun’lun has a new owner, the ex-chairman of Eastleigh.

    Eastleigh are currently National League. In a few seasons Sun’lun could be playing them!

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  • toonluvva

    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Another thing. Who will be picking up the “parachute payments”?

    I wonder if Short has earmarked them to use toward paying off the debts.

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  • posada

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Not sure there is a difference between settling debt and writing off debt.
    Think the word they use is securitising the debt.
    In total it comes to about 200M. He wrote off 100M a while back.
    However it goes that is 200M they have had put into the club by an owner.
    Much of it wasted, but all spent on players and wages.

    We could argue we went down because of money they had spent over and above the financial fair play rules.

    Why have a limit that an owner can put in if you can simply say it was a loan and now I am writing it off.

    All stinks if you ask me.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    According to the Ronnie Gill
    The Black Cats will receive £35m from the Premier League
    this season and next, and then in the 2019-20 season they
    will receive a further £14m.
    So perhaps Ellis Short isn’t quite the philanthropist he’s making out

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t know why but with Keith Curle announcing he’s leaving Carlisle a few days before Coleman’s sacking you might think he’s lined up for the Sunderland job. He’s done a great job at Carlisle and is well respected and has ambition. His record is at the right level and they need a man manager not a brolly type manager.

    2002–2004
    Mansfield Town (player-manager)
    2005–2006
    Chester City
    2007
    Torquay United
    2012–2013
    Notts County
    2014–2018
    Carlisle United

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Wonder how J Rodwell esquire is feeling about his clubs new owners. Doubt they’ll pay him £70k a week for doing nowt.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Andrew Cole, Former England, Sunderland and Manchester United striker on BBC MOTD2 Extra
    “Everything is a short-term fix at Sunderland. I’m not sure what they expected of Chris Coleman when he took over before Christmas.

    Cmon BBC Andy had seven appearances for the Mackems so hardly an inside expert

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Remind me again
    Lochinvar
    How many PL appearances you’ve had

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Andy had 426

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  • toonluvva

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Lochinvar @31

    The new owners might want a manager who can pick up the phone and speak to another manager in the game.

    Step forward Mr Joe Kinnear!

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #36

    For 7 different clubs

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Jiblets,
    “Cmon BBC Andy had seven appearances for the Mackems so hardly an inside expert’
    Read it again before making a fool of yourself for the umpteenth time. You really need to stop drinking during the day!

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2018 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail for Ashley
    So you have to have played for
    a club more than 7 times before
    offering an opinion ?
    That’s you knackered then
    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #39

    I wonder how much the mackems got sold for in the end.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 29, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Whoa – didn’t mean to startle the old folks ! Just thought Andy Cole’s time at Sunderland wouldn’t make him an expert on that club, other PL experience being recognised, not least of all at NUFC. Think a few of you spotted that.

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