After more than a year of looking for a buyer, Sunderland owner Stewart Donald confirmed on Thursday that a sale of the club had been agreed.
Subject to EFL approval, Frenchman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus will take charge of hosting Ligue 1, with the club hoping to approve the deal in mid-January.
Louis-Dreyfus has already laid out his hopes for the future with Sunderland, as they seek to move up the Football League standings. But who is this mysterious new owner? We’ve got everything you need to know about the new manager.
Well we say he’s only 23 – but various reports suggest the Frenchman is in fact 22. Most of these reports also state that he was born in 1997 – so he’s about to celebrate his birthday or someone is telling porkies.
Louis-Dreyfus is one of three children of the late Franco-Swiss businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus, a man who was no stranger to sporting adventures himself (but more on that soon).
23 or 22, it’s still ridiculous that he potentially owns a former Premier League football club at that age.
The young businessman is a follower of the Marseille Ligue 1 training and has regularly been photographed watching from the stands.
Still, who wouldn’t want to swap top French football in Marseille for Ligue 1 football in Sunderland? But there is a good reason for Louis-Dreyfus’ love for the Olympians …
Robert Louis-Dreyfus was a well-known French businessman with multiple adventures in the world of sport to his name.
He bought the Lique 1 Marseille roster in 1996, overseeing a successful period in their history as they reached the UEFA Cup final twice, before the club were sold to former LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. in August 2016.
He was CEO of global sports brand adidas between 1994 and 2001, while the family currently owns a minority stake in Belgian club Standard Liège.
Let’s be honest, this is the question we all want to know the answer to when we see a flash young businessman.
Forbes estimated his mother was worth around $ 5.6 billion (£ 4.13 billion) after his father died in 2009, with the future owner of Sunderland claiming to have a trust fund worth more than $ 2 billion (£ 1.47 billion).
Suddenly that £ 2million spent on Will Grigg doesn’t seem quite that much money,
You know, when you hear a last name and it’s instantly recognizable because of a certain celebrity, but when you check to see if there’s a relationship between the two, it turns out there isn’t. none at all? Yeah, that’s not the case here.
The future owner of Sunderland is the cousin of American actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The Seinfeld star won a Golden Globe for her role on the sitcom and was nominated for several other awards.