"Sooner this gets sorted, the better" - Journalist drops big behind-scenes Sunderland claim

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Sunderland must quickly get their supporters back onside after misleading them over who owns the majority of the Black Cats’ shares, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

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It comes after it was revealed that Kyril Louis-Dreyfus does not boast the majority of the League One promotion chasers’ assets despite initially insisting the 25-year-old did.

What’s the latest news involving Sunderland’s ownership?

Sunderland announced that Louis-Dreyfus had acquired a controlling interest in the club 13 months ago, signalling the start of a new era at the Stadium of Light.

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However, that is not the case as The Athletic have revealed he owns just a 41 per cent stake in the Wearsiders and the previous owners – Madrox group – still boast the majority of the club’s shares.

The report suggests Stewart Donald still holds 34 per cent of the club’s assets, while Juan Sartori and Charlie Methven have retained 20 per cent and five per cent respectively.

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Sunderland fans reacted to the revelations with fury and it led to claims that ‘a large amount of trust and goodwill’ has disappeared.

Donald and Methven have confirmed they are willing to sell their stakes in the club, making it possible for Louis-Dreyfus to own the majority of the Black Cats’ assets.

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Methven has revealed he and Donald are seeking £11.7million if Louis-Dreyfus is interested in clinching the shares they still own.

Donald has told BBC Radio Solent, via The Portsmouth News, he would be open to returning to non-league side Eastleigh, who he previously owned, if he is able to ‘organise myself and Sunderland in a way that works for everybody and frees me up to go back and finish the job that I started all those years ago’.

What has Pete O’Rourke said about the situation?

O’Rourke believes Sunderland need to get the financial side of the club sorted sooner rather than later.

The journalist fears any further delays could have an impact on how the Black Cats perform on the pitch.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “The sooner this gets sorted, the better. I think all focus needs to be on getting results and then trying to get back into the Championship as soon as possible.”

How are Sunderland performing this season?

Sunderland remain in contention for promotion to the Championship as they are currently sixth in the League One standings, holding the final play-off spot.

However, the Black Cats did recently undergo a change in the dugout as a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers resulted in Lee Johnson being sacked, with Louis-Dreyfus admitting he felt ‘immediate change was needed’.

Alex Neil was appointed as Johnson’s successor last month and has claimed five points from the first 12 available.

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