Stewart Donald has stepped down as Sunderland chairman, the membership have introduced.
Donald conceded Sunderland’s failure to win promotion to the Championship is right down to him and that he’s dedicated to discovering a brand new proprietor that may take the membership ahead.
A brand new chairman shall be appointed on the membership’s subsequent board assembly.
Donald instructed the membership’s official web site: “Holding this place has been a privilege, and never one I’ve given up evenly. Outcomes and performances on the pitch have merely not been at a degree befitting of Sunderland’s historical past and potential.
“I absolutely recognise that has precipitated immense damage and, in the end, the buck for the membership beginning a 3rd successive season in League One stops with me.
“To present the membership the perfect likelihood of attaining its objectives, I’ve made the judgement that it’s proper for me to step again from the chairmanship. In current months, now we have assembled a robust board with related expertise and skill-sets.
“As the bulk stakeholder, my remaining accountability is to make sure that the membership has the requisite monetary backing to attain its main goal of promotion, and I can guarantee supporters that the membership will proceed to have the very best taking part in funds on this division.
“In any other case, my intention stays to promote SAFC to an acceptable new proprietor, and I stay personally dedicated to that objective.”
Donald’s departure comes lower than 24 hours after head of soccer operations Richard Hill and head of recruitment Tony Coton left the membership.