Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and Stewart Donald react as Jim Rodwell steps down as chief executive

Jim Rodwell has stepped down as Sunderland chief executive officer, it has been confirmed.

By Richard Mennear
Friday, 19th February 2021, 4:18 pm
Undated handout photo issued by Castle Rock Brewery of (left to right) Notts County's bar manager David McKenna, competition winner Eric Jackson, Castle Rock brewer and Notts County supporter Garry Gibbens and Notts County's CEO Jim Rodwell during the brewing process of the real ale 'Pie Eyed 150' atCastle Rock Brewery in Nottingham, the ale has gone on sale at the Meadow Lane ground and at pubs across the East Midlands to help mark the 150 year milestone in the history of Notts County, the world's oldest football league club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 3, 2012. See PA story CONSUMER Ale. Photo credit should read: Castle Rock Brewery/PA Wire

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Undated handout photo issued by Castle Rock Brewery of (left to right) Notts County's bar manager David McKenna, competition winner Eric Jackson, Castle Rock brewer and Notts County supporter Garry Gibbens and Notts County's CEO Jim Rodwell during the brewing process of the real ale 'Pie Eyed 150' atCastle Rock Brewery in Nottingham, the ale has gone on sale at the Meadow Lane ground and at pubs across the East Midlands to help mark the 150 year milestone in the history of Notts County, the world's oldest football league club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 3, 2012. See PA story CONSUMER Ale. Photo credit should read: Castle Rock Brewery/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Rodwell joined the club in April 2020 and one of his roles was to help with the sale of the club, now that Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has taken a controlling stake, Rodwell has left the Stadium of Light.

Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover was finally confirmed by the EFL on Thursday afternoon, shortly after it was confirmed the FPP Sunderland loan had also been settled.

Outgoing owner Stewart Donald said: “Jim’s tireless work and calm professionalism in dealing with numerous bidding entities over the course of the last year or so has helped us achieve a very difficult task.

"Selling a football club is never straightforward, but to do so in the current environment has been especially challenging. I want to place on record my warm thanks for completing the task that he embarked upon back in the spring and wish him the very best for wherever his career takes him next.”

Rodwell said: “It was an honour to be appointed CEO of such an iconic club and I will always be grateful for the opportunity Stewart Donald gave me. I also want to thank the Board and staff at SAFC for the support they have given me during some exceptionally difficult times.

"It will always be a sadness that I did not get to experience a full and buzzing Stadium of Light as CEO – but the supporters who I have met during my time in the city have only reaffirmed what a wonderful support base the club is so fortunate to have.

"I am in no doubt that with control being transferred to Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, whose family have a stellar track record in football club ownership, those fans can look forward to a bright future.”

Louis-Dreyfus said: “I would like to thank Jim for the support that he has given me during the sale process.

"His integrity and professionalism have been much in evidence, and the good leadership he has displayed in maintaining the stability of the club during the Covid-19 pandemic should also be recognised. We all wish him well for the future.”