First picture of Kyril Louis-Dreyfus at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland fans wait for takeover approval

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is at the Stadium of Light for the game against Doncaster Rovers as fans wait for the takeover to be completed.
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

The incoming Sunderland owner made a brief appearance pitchside ahead of the game to take in the surroundings at the Stadium of Light having emerged from the tunnel.

He has spent time on Wearside this week at the Academy of Light and the Stadium of Light.

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Louis-Dreyfus also attended the Shrewsbury Town defeat in midweek.

Despite the defeat it was a significant moment to see Louis-Dreyfus pictured at a Sunderland game with the takeover in the final stages of the EFL approval process.

The Echo has approached the EFL for comment about the process but they have again declined, they do not usually comment on ongoing takeover deals.

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Sunderland are waiting for final approval from the EFL, which once granted will see Stewart Donald sell a majority of his shares to Louis-Dreyfus, who will take charge at the Stadium of Light.

On Tuesday night, the prospective new chairman watched on alongside Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman, who will be the key figure in leading the planned overhaul of the club's footballing structure.

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is at the Stadium of Light today.Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is at the Stadium of Light today.
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is at the Stadium of Light today.

Johnson confirmed that there had been contact since the takeover deal was first announced in December and spoke openly about it on Thursday.

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Speaking about the takeover at his pre-match press conference, head coach Lee Johnson said: “I'm very, very confident in his motives.

"I'm very confident in his ideas, he's bright, intelligent and he's got good ideas.

"Obviously he's got experience as well, and it reminds me a bit of myself in terms of my dad being a manager, and having the front-row seat as I grew up.

"He's had that with his family and their ownership of Olympique de Marseille and Club Brugge.

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"Every contact I've had with Kyril impresses me more and more.

"He's got a sound board behind him depending on how the shake up works, in terms of experience of what's gone well and what hasn't gone well.

"When I came to the club I really believed that we needed to be brave.”