Club statement: Tom Sloanes leaves Sunderland AFC

Sunderland AFC today announced that Tom Sloanes has resigned from his role on the club’s Board of Directors with immediate effect.

A lifelong supporter, Tom forged a strong relationship with SAFC through his senior role at BETDAQ, the club’s former Principal Partner, and he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2019.

He continued to work closely with staff across the club and the Foundation of Light throughout his tenure, whilst also supporting many local initiatives within the City of Sunderland.

Tom Sloanes said: “Sunderland AFC has always played a cherished part in my life and although I am leaving my position, that will never change. An exciting opportunity has recently arisen that will require my complete focus, and significant time away on business, and it would be irresponsible of me to continue my role at SAFC if I am unable to meet the demands that come with such a privileged position. It has been an honour to serve my football club and the people I have worked alongside have been exceptional. I truly believe that under Kyril’s ownership, our outstanding staff and supporters will enjoy the long-term success they deserve.”

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus added: “I would like to place on record our gratitude to Tom for the support he has provided throughout the past 18 months. Tom’s role was voluntary and during what has been an incredibly challenging period, we have valued his input, dedication and passion throughout the pandemic, a complex sale process and the resulting change of ownership. I know that he will continue to be a fantastic ambassador for Sunderland AFC and we wish him well in his new role.”

SAFC looks forward to welcoming Tom back to the Stadium of Light as a supporter and wishes him the best of luck in his new venture.

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