Date:Wednesday June 14 2006
Bob Murray has announced that he is to step down as Sunderland chairman at the end of the month.
For several months Murray has been holding talks with a consortium headed by Niall Quinn, with the aim of selling control of the club on to the Irishman. With a lack of news on the progress of the bid worrying many Sunderland fans, todays news suggests that an end to the long running saga is imminent.
Murray, who has been at the club for 20 years, spoke exclusively to the Sunderland Echo about his resignation, and revealed that his decision was taken in order to help the bid,
'I have done this job for 20 years and I know for a fact that 99 per cent of the fans are good humoured and want the best for the club. I do too and if it means I need to resign to make the sale happen then that is what I will do.'
And for many fans who insist on not returning to the club until Murray has completely left, his following message will no doubt satisfy them,
'I want fans to know for certain that I will not be the Chairman of this football club at the start of next season. I am removing myself as an issue. The club is the only important thing, not me.
'This is another big step towards my total exit from the club. It's consistent with what I have been saying for a long time now. It's time for someone else to take up the reins.'
There have also been reports that vice chairman John Fickling has also offered to hand in his resignation should the takeover succeed.
Sunderland - FSF's May Newsletter (Friday May 29 2015)
Bonus Time For Sunderland (Thursday May 28 2015)
Advocaat Turns Down Black Cats Job To Retire. (Thursday May 28 2015)
Fletcher Pleased With Goal (Monday May 25 2015)
Stats: Chelsea v Black Cats (Sunday May 24 2015)
Chelsea v Sunderland: Team Sheet (Sunday May 24 2015)
Big Finish Wanted By Advocaat. (Sunday May 24 2015)
Advocaat Looking For New Players If He Stays. (Sunday May 24 2015)
Sunderland's Season Finale Injury Table List (Friday May 22 2015)
Squad Want Advocaat To Stay says Defoe (Thursday May 21 2015)
|14. Leicester City||38||11||8||19||-9||41|
|17. Aston Villa||38||10||8||20||-26||38|
|18. Hull City||38||8||11||19||-18||35|
|Three US Friendlies Confirmed
» Newcastle : 02/06/2015 20:03:01
|It'll Not Be Vieira!
» Newcastle : 02/06/2015 19:52:00
|Taylor Speaks About His And Jonas' Release
» Newcastle : 02/06/2015 19:43:01
|Boyata Joins Celtic Milner Joining Liverpool?
» Man City : 02/06/2015 19:10:01
|Vieira Not Going To Newcastle
» Man City : 02/06/2015 18:58:01