Director of Sunderland, educated in Eton, leaves the board after saying that northern fans don't understand business.
- Charlie Methven made reported comments at a fan meeting in November
- Methven became CEO of the club following the acquisition of Stewart Donald
- Spat focused around £ 10m investment reported by FPP Sunderland Group
A Sunderland shareholder left the board after angering fans, saying people in the northeast do not understand business.
Charlie Methven, an Eton-trained public relations executive, reportedly made the incendiary remarks at a fan meeting in November.
Tensions increased at a meeting between the Sunderland hierarchy and the Fan Engagement Committee at the Stadium of Light, according to The times.
Sunderland director Charlie Methven infuriated fans at a November meeting
It focused around the £ 10 million investment reported by the US-backed FPP Sunderland group.
Methven, who became executive director of the club following the acquisition of Stewart Donald in 2018, was unhappy when asked about the deal he had secured.
According to the report, the minutes of the meeting suggest that he claimed that people in the south would not question this because they understood the business better.
He would have said there were & # 39; less entrepreneurs & # 39; in the Northeast.
Methven expressed regret in a statement saying: “This meeting was at the end of my three month notice period in Sunderland.
Methven insists he had already signaled his decision to resign the club board in September
Methven became CEO of the club following the acquisition of Stewart Donald in 2018.
& # 39; It was a private meeting where all club affairs were discussed.
“I was repeatedly pressured by the negative implications of a £ 10 million investment I had made for the club. Exasperated, I reacted intemperatively and one of those present subsequently led me to the task.
I apologized to him because the comparison I made does not accurately reflect my actual views. It was an immediate response, which I regret.
A statement from the club read: “Needless to say, such opinions are not representative of our president and Sunderland AFC as a whole.
"It is clear from the comments the president has made publicly that he is extremely grateful and truly grateful for the tremendous support given to the club by Sunderland fans, especially in the tough times."
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