Sunderland: Tony Davison named membership
When there is a divide between a membership and its supporters, who’s the one one who can convey everybody collectively once more?
A giant-money striker? A billionaire proprietor? Properly, Sunderland have turned to the person who used to decorate up as their mascot to assist restore the harm of successive relegations and off-field turmoil.
Lifelong fan Tony Davison labored within the membership’s advertising and marketing division between 1996-2005 – which included a spell as Samson the Cat on matchdays.
However he has now been appointed managing director on the Stadium of Gentle.
The return of Davison, who had been working in Tottenham’s industrial division, comes after a boardroom reshuffle sparked by Stewart Donald’s takeover of the relegated Championship facet.
“Having labored with Tony in quite a lot of roles over the past decade, Stewart and I knew from the beginning that he was the person with the expertise, need and contacts to implement the imaginative and prescient that now we have for the re-engagement of Sunderland AFC with its followers and the native enterprise neighborhood,” mentioned government director Charlie Methven.
“Tony is captivated with Sunderland and the truth that he has left a senior government place at a prime Premier League membership and brought a decrease wage to return again to his dwelling metropolis, demonstrates what his values are.”
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