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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #1440 on: April 1, 2020, 08:38:46 PM »
Watched the first 2 episodes of Series 2 today.  I thought Martin Bain was a smug bastard last year, but Charlie Methven looks like a whole new level so far!!
Luke O'Nien comes across as being a nice fella.  The loss of Josh Maja ended up being a bit of a disaster for them!

haha indeed, surely hes playing to the cameras, he mustve watched the first season and thought I could be a film star here.

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« Reply #1441 on: April 1, 2020, 08:54:34 PM »
haha indeed, surely hes playing to the cameras, he mustve watched the first season and thought I could be a film star here.
think theres a bit of that but let’s be fair they’ve been a shitshow for years so I can’t blame him for his approach

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« Reply #1442 on: April 4, 2020, 03:26:15 AM »
think theres a bit of that but let’s be fair they’ve been a shitshow for years so I can’t blame him for his approach

Yep, especially when you have staff oblivious to the mess they're in, they didn't know they were paying £7 million a year interest on the debt alone, they again were completely dismissive when he was trying to get a target for over 40k attendance for a match, they managed to get 46k new record for that division, the staff just had a culture of sending the bills off for the then owner to pay at the end of every month, i wonder if any of them are still there.

There was also that expensive cryogenic chamber which only the former CEO used.

I didn't think the manager was good, how many times they were dominating & winning only to sit back try & defend 1-0 for it to go pear shaped & end up getting a point or losing, i found it stuck out more the owners were trying to get players in rather than the manager banging on doors & telling the owners i want this player ecc.

They were railroaded by Maja leaving, he was always going to leave regardless what Sunderland were going to offer him, so his agent picks up more money

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« Reply #1443 on: April 5, 2020, 01:17:28 PM »
Yep, especially when you have staff oblivious to the mess they're in, they didn't know they were paying £7 million a year interest on the debt alone, they again were completely dismissive when he was trying to get a target for over 40k attendance for a match, they managed to get 46k new record for that division, the staff just had a culture of sending the bills off for the then owner to pay at the end of every month, i wonder if any of them are still there.
it seemed like the ultimate pisstake culture, doesn’t matter how good or bad you are some rich fella you never see who doesn’t make any of you accountable will make up the difference, bit different when it’s not multi billionaires owning you which is probably a bit of a culture shock to many of them

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« Reply #1444 on: April 5, 2020, 02:05:47 PM »
Watched 3 episodes of Season 2 so far and it’s been enjoyable, but the editing is still shit.

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« Reply #1445 on: April 5, 2020, 02:13:31 PM »
The close ups on the fans at the games look staged to fuck.
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« Reply #1446 on: April 5, 2020, 04:10:39 PM »
What was the deal with the Spanish non-Executive Director that was sitting next to the owner at all the games? He wasn't featured much, but whenever he spoke he came across as completely clueless about football in general. They never explained who he was, how he got there or what his role was.

Edit: just looked it up and he is a Uruguayan businessman/politician with shares in the Club. A billionaire too.
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« Reply #1447 on: April 5, 2020, 04:31:20 PM »
Watched the whole thing, love it. Pure comedy, I think the north east accent + anger is box office.

"you canit say it cos youd be leyen"  ;D

Their decision not to do another series was correct given the virus situation.

They've definitely gained a lot of fans out of this, infact one investor only heard of them after seeing them on Netflix. I always used to hate Sunderland, now I wish them well, those fans have suffered a lot.

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« Reply #1448 on: April 5, 2020, 06:23:15 PM »
The close ups on the fans at the games look staged to fuck.

They’re genuine I think, but not actual reactions to the accompanying action on the pitch they show at the same time.

This is the shite editing I’ve mentioned previously. When they’re showing the first match of the season, the players are lining up for handshakes, you can see the match officials in black, couple of seconds later the camera cuts to players then running into their half and you can see the officials all in light blue, so it’s from a different match. Just ruins what otherwise would be a brilliant documentary.

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« Reply #1449 on: April 5, 2020, 06:29:41 PM »
They’re genuine I think, but not actual reactions to the accompanying action on the pitch they show at the same time.

This is the shite editing I’ve mentioned previously. When they’re showing the first match of the season, the players are lining up for handshakes, you can see the match officials in black, couple of seconds later the camera cuts to players then running into their half and you can see the officials all in light blue, so it’s from a different match. Just ruins what otherwise would be a brilliant documentary.

On transfer deadline day to, the time on the computer keeps changing. One minute it is 22:40 then it's 19:30 and so on. At one point, it is bang on 23:00 (when the window closes) but is accompanied by audio saying they have 4 hours left. Next shot, its the guys talking to each other and its light outside.
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« Reply #1450 on: April 5, 2020, 08:36:26 PM »



The meeting with the three PRO staff was tough watch . They couldnt see how pissed and serious he was and I guess one lost their job .

Not buying that about the manager based on clips in the series and the opinion of a non footballing director . Maybe it is true but cant say so based on show . Manager didnt want Greggs and only found out about Maja been sold on sky sports so was an element of directors playing football manager . Surely give Maja a bumper contract with release clause instead of the 3 million on Greggs

They were railroaded by Maja leaving, he was always going to leave regardless what Sunderland were going to offer him, so his agent picks up more money
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« Reply #1451 on: April 5, 2020, 08:53:26 PM »
Would have just been better off letting maja run his contract down and have him leave for feck all but with them back in the championship

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« Reply #1452 on: April 5, 2020, 09:32:17 PM »
Would have just been better off letting maja run his contract down and have him leave for feck all but with them back in the championship

But there was no guarantee that they would have been promoted had he stayed. I think him leaving was overplayed in the documentary. They were in a play off spot when he left and they finished in a play off spot. But they made it look like they had won pretty much every game up to him leaving.
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« Reply #1453 on: April 5, 2020, 09:44:49 PM »
The guy obsessed with the Ibiza club music  :lmao

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« Reply #1454 on: April 5, 2020, 09:54:55 PM »
Would have just been better off letting maja run his contract down and have him leave for feck all but with them back in the championship

Then what happened if Maja decided to down tools & not play for the rest of the season, apparently Maja has the same agents as Jadon Sancho.

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« Reply #1455 on: April 5, 2020, 10:29:27 PM »
The guy obsessed with the Ibiza club music  :lmao

Its like having Ricky Gervais as director, I loved when he came up with "I want people here to look at me and think, this is what good looks like" ….Brilliant.

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« Reply #1456 on: April 5, 2020, 11:25:00 PM »
But there was no guarantee that they would have been promoted had he stayed. I think him leaving was overplayed in the documentary. They were in a play off spot when he left and they finished in a play off spot. But they made it look like they had won pretty much every game up to him leaving.
id wager he would have done more than the petered out will grigg

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« Reply #1457 on: April 6, 2020, 10:16:37 AM »
Then what happened if Maja decided to down tools & not play for the rest of the season, apparently Maja has the same agents as Jadon Sancho.

I read (source below) that Maja was on £1k a week at Sunderland but they offered him a lot more to stay.
However, he is reportedly on £56k a week at Bordeaux.  Of course he would want to go, and I don't think he would have been happy at being told he had to stay to be honest.

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/josh-majas-staggering-pay-rise-revealed-after-leaving-sunderland-bordeaux-127739


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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #1458 on: April 6, 2020, 11:18:27 AM »
Yeah getting a 1,400% pay rise to live in a much nicer city and play at a much higher level, can’t blame him for wanting to go

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« Reply #1459 on: April 6, 2020, 06:58:12 PM »
I read (source below) that Maja was on £1k a week at Sunderland but they offered him a lot more to stay.
However, he is reportedly on £56k a week at Bordeaux.  Of course he would want to go, and I don't think he would have been happy at being told he had to stay to be honest.

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/josh-majas-staggering-pay-rise-revealed-after-leaving-sunderland-bordeaux-127739

One of the issues that came up in the series was his agent would earn a £1 million bonus for selling Maja abroad, so it was all about his agent. & Maja was always going to go regardless what improved contract Sunderland offered.

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« Reply #1460 on: April 6, 2020, 10:40:15 PM »
Need a footy fix so having a look at series 2. First series was brilliant.

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« Reply #1461 on: April 7, 2020, 01:40:39 PM »
Placed all their players and staff on the furlough scheme.

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« Reply #1462 on: April 7, 2020, 01:43:46 PM »
Sunderland AFC can today confirm that its first-team players, contracted academy players and backroom staff have recently been placed on furlough leave due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the FA, the Premier League and the EFL announced they would be collectively postponing their competitions until such time that it is safe for them to resume.

At this moment in time, SAFC has no intention to ask any players or staff to take a wage reduction or deferral on their salary, and the club remains fully committed to ensuring all employees are paid in full.

A small number of staff, including manager Phil Parkinson, continue to work from home, and the club’s priority remains the health and wellbeing of its players, staff, supporters and local community during this unprecedented period.

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« Reply #1463 on: April 7, 2020, 03:37:19 PM »
Are they still owned by the bloke from Oxfordshire who’s in the documentary?

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« Reply #1464 on: April 7, 2020, 04:03:08 PM »
Are they still owned by the bloke from Oxfordshire who’s in the documentary?

Yeh Stuart Donald, hes been trying to sell it.

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« Reply #1465 on: April 7, 2020, 04:13:49 PM »
Yeh Stuart Donald, hes been trying to sell it.
Really? Well the honeymoon period feel of the first couple of episodes must soon dissipate.

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« Reply #1466 on: April 7, 2020, 04:30:37 PM »
Most likely lack of money, the new owners said themselves in the series they need £25 million a year to survive in league one, & only have enough money for 3 seasons

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« Reply #1467 on: April 7, 2020, 04:39:02 PM »
I thought Stewart Donald came across quite well, he's tried to get the club on an even financial footing and push for promotion at the same time. Think if they'd have kept Maja and had McGeady free of injury they'd have gone up.

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« Reply #1468 on: April 7, 2020, 05:34:38 PM »
Really? Well the honeymoon period feel of the first couple of episodes must soon dissipate.

"The discussion about the future of the club is ongoing and while recent events have slowed it down a little bit obviously because people have got other things to deal with in day-to-day businesses and day-to-day lives, it hasn't really had – as yet – a material impact," said Methven

"As things stand right now, there are well-progressed and productive discussions taking place with potential new owners of the club and Stewart has always said he hopes to have that issue sorted by the end of this season.
"That's our aim and it's not entirely in our control.
"The people who are in discussions have to make their own decisions as to whether they want to do it or not, just as we did two years ago"

This is what Charlie Methvin (the superstar director) said last week,  that even with coronavirus they're confident of selling up soon.

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« Reply #1469 on: April 7, 2020, 06:35:01 PM »
"The discussion about the future of the club is ongoing and while recent events have slowed it down a little bit obviously because people have got other things to deal with in day-to-day businesses and day-to-day lives, it hasn't really had – as yet – a material impact," said Methven

"As things stand right now, there are well-progressed and productive discussions taking place with potential new owners of the club and Stewart has always said he hopes to have that issue sorted by the end of this season.
"That's our aim and it's not entirely in our control.
"The people who are in discussions have to make their own decisions as to whether they want to do it or not, just as we did two years ago"

This is what Charlie Methvin (the superstar director) said last week,  that even with coronavirus they're confident of selling up soon.
Interesting, what a difference 18 months makes.

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« Reply #1470 on: April 7, 2020, 06:48:45 PM »
I thought Stewart Donald came across quite well, he's tried to get the club on an even financial footing and push for promotion at the same time. Think if they'd have kept Maja and had McGeady free of injury they'd have gone up.

Agree with this. He seemed passionate, social and genuinely cared about the club, but a bit inept in dealing with transfers

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« Reply #1472 on: April 7, 2020, 09:51:24 PM »
https://twitter.com/safcbites/status/1247547935522504704?s=21
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Just watching him give the 46000 attendance figure. The way he spoke to that woman. Thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt for the first couple of episodes but he’s a self absorbed twat.

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« Reply #1474 on: May 9, 2020, 11:22:27 AM »
So, Stewart Donald used the club's own parachute payments to pay for his purchase of the club and then wrote off the loan.

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/leaked-accounts-show-sunderlands-staggering-ps205million-financial-hole-stewart-donald-writes-debt-2847651

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A leaked draft set of accounts for the year ending July 2019 have been seen by the Daily Mail and the Times, who have revealed the staggering eight-figure shortfall in the club’s coffers.

And as per the national reports, a number of investors who have looked at purchasing or investing in the club have been deterred by this significant hole.

The Mail and Times claim that the £20.5million gap in the balance sheet represents one of the parachute payments to the Black Cats, which were due following their relegation to the Premier League. This sum has previously been reported to have been used to facilitate Donald’s purchase of the club for a sum of £40million.

The purchase was facilitated through a holding company – Madrox Partners – and the national reports suggest that this £20.5million sum was used to help fund the deal.

It was previously suggested that this money would be repaid by the shareholders, but the report claims that the money has now been written-off by Donald and his fellow shareholders by way of an 'exceptional operating expense' – which removes their legal obligation to repay the money.

Sunderland have claimed that the money will be repaid as either a gift or by means of shareholder’s funds. They say that this process has already begun, but that it will take until the release of next year’s accounts for this to be evidenced.

A full club statement said: “Madrox has continued to invest funds as required, (which will be reflected in next year's figures) and in a way to ensure the club remains debt free, as promised.

“This has resulted in SAFC receiving around £11.5M since the year end, from Madrox. The funds are interest free and replace a significant portion of the parachute monies.

“This takes the total Madrox investment to around £25M, to date. This investment, two years into their five year plan, is ahead of schedule.”

A number of potential investors told the Mail and the Times that this hole in the club’s accounts – with no guarantee of repayment from the current owners – proved a stumbling block when they considered a takeover of the club.

Indeed, the Echo understands that this was a significant issue for Mark Campbell’s consortium when they reached advanced stages of negotiations last summer.

Sunderland remain up for sale, but a takeover is not expected in the coming months given the current global climate.

Donald purchased the club from Ellis Short in 2018, initially as part of an ‘international consortium’ – which ultimately comprised the insurance tycoon, associate Charlie Methven and Uruguayan businessman Juan Sartori.

Speaking at his first press conference after arriving on Wearside, Donald said: “We've given Ellis £40million so that's the big part.

“Ellis was very clear that he didn't want the debt but we didn't want the debt either so we refused that benefit, which is only a paper tax benefit but nonetheless it leaves Sunderland with that debt.

“So we said to Ellis that's fine, you wipe it and we won't take it."

Charlie Methven added: “The discussion with Ellis was that we would be able to pay him over a period of time because he knew that we were going to have quite a lot of investment that needed to be made this summer.

“As Stewart said the price was £40million and Sunderland are debt free.”

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« Reply #1475 on: May 9, 2020, 11:43:25 AM »
So, Stewart Donald used the club's own parachute payments to pay for his purchase of the club and then wrote off the loan.

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/leaked-accounts-show-sunderlands-staggering-ps205million-financial-hole-stewart-donald-writes-debt-2847651



allegedly Huddersfield Town new owners have done the same.

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« Reply #1476 on: June 12, 2020, 03:59:08 AM »
Just finished both seasons of Sunderland 'til I Die. Found it captivating. I can't add much to what has been said on this thread. I thought Charlie Methven was intentionally channelling David Brent at times and enjoying the limelight, with his Ibiza pep rally the most obvious example. At first he seems a clueless corporate twat, but over time he seems more human and you start to see through the act. Stewart Donald seems a nice chap, but he needs to stay home on transfer deadline day and have a word with his wife about that makeup.

The fans came across as passionate but also childish and thin-skinned. As Graeme said, the editing of crowd scenes was a little misleading. I think the scene where they abused the documentary film crew and broke a camera was a revealing moment, as was the decision to show it immediately after a scene at the ex-army guy's house where he said they had the best fans, and that they deserved better. I think the film makers felt some resentment towards parts of the fanbase, and got payback by splicing scenes in an unflattering way.

Having said that, the tone of the documentary is sympathetic to the fans' plight and had me wanting them to do well, at least until the Brexit scenes. Having not known the outcome of games beforehand, I truly felt the pain of the EFL Cup final, and that last-second Charlton winner in the playoff. Brutal stuff.