Sunderland defender reveals immediate impact of Kyril Louis-Dreyfus after takeover

Bailey Wright says the early signs of Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ time at Sunderland have all been positive – and predicts there is an ‘exciting time’ on the horizon for the club.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:07 pm

The 23-year-old has already rung several high-profile changes in his early weeks in charge, with some boardroom reshuffles set to be followed by some further off-field appointments in the coming weeks.

Some new roles at the club have already been advertised while the likes of Kristjaan Speakman, Steve Davison and Lewis Dickman have already proven key apppointments.

And with more positive change expected to come, and optimism high among the fan base, Wright believes there is a bright future on the horizon.

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Indeed, he says the early messages from Louis-Dreyfus himself have been ‘great’ – and has been left impressed by the passion of the new majority shareholder.

"I've enjoyed my time here and there has been a rebuilding at the club,” said Wright, speaking to the Football Australia Podcast.

"He's got a lot of big plans and he’s not messed about. He’s got to work straight away, everything we're hearing and seeing sounds great and some people he is bringing in and his visions and his philosophies of what he's learned, you know for someone who's only 23 he seems to know a lot about the game and is extremely passionate about it.

"So there's a lot to look forward to there from a player's point of view, the staff, and fans; I think it's an exciting time for the club."

Wright, who joined the club permanently in the summer after a successful loan spell, was also quizzed on the takeover speculation that engulfed the club during the early months of the campaign.

And he says that while there was plenty of background noise, his focus remained on the pitch.

"Obviously we've had a bit of uncertainty for a little while and the takeovers have been rumoured for a long time,” added the defender.

"As players, those external noises you have just got to put to one side and focus on your job that's winning football matches and doing your best for Sunderland Football Club."