As we build up to the game this evening, we bring you the notes from the boardroom that will appear in tonight's match programme.
Firstly I would like to welcome the owners, directors, players, management and guests of Sunderland Football Club to the game this evening.
Over the last seven days there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the ownership of this football club but as for anything being imminent I can assure you that we are certainly not close to being in a position of announcing any changes.
It is not helpful if every single time we talk to interested parties or individuals that it gets out to the media but I have to accept that this kind of thing does happen through whatever means but I can assure you that there have also been many times where we have held discussions and it has remained private.
This club is part of the biggest league in the world, we get approaches from many interested parties and as I have I always said as a group of owners we will consider everything and look at whatever is in the best long-term interests of this club.
The four of us have always said since the day we took over that we appreciate we are never going to own a football club forever and as a group of people my co-owners came in and together have been fantastic. We’ve come a very long way very quickly so I want to keep that momentum up.
Tonight I would like to welcome the Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore and I am delighted to say that he is here to open our new media centre in the Holmesdale Road stand. The opening will be covered by our content team so on our club’s digital channels you will all be able to view coverage of the opening and see inside the new media centre.
Thanks to Richard for taking time out of his busy schedule to be here for the match and I hope he enjoys his visit to Selhurst Park this evening.
In our last two games we have been able to take some positives out of matches that have left us feeling disappointed but tonight we are back at Selhurst, under the lights, and ready to enjoy that extra special atmosphere that the floodlights always create for a night game.
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