Black Cats’ di­rec­tor Sar­tori could be the Juan to lead Uruguay

The Chronicle - - Safc - Sun­der­land’s Juan Sar­tori

SUN­DER­LAND di­rec­tor Juan Sar­tori will stand in Uruguay’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

It is claimed the 37-year-old has been qui­etly work­ing on the idea for four months.

Re­port sug­gest Sar­tori’s cam­paign will be launched on Novem­ber 20, when he will put his name for­ward as a can­di­date for the right-wing con­ser­va­tive Na­tional Party, the main op­po­si­tion in Uruguay.

Pri­mary elec­tions are due in June with the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in Oc­to­ber 2019.

Tabare Vazquez, who is in his sec­ond spell as pres­i­dent, is un­able to stand for re-elec­tion.

Euro­pean-based Sar­tori be­came an in­vestor in Sun­der­land this sum­mer.

Ste­wart Don­ald and busi­ness part­ner Char­lie Methven bought the club in May.

The plan was al­ways to in­volve Sar­tori - but to speed up the process the takeover pro­ceeded with­out him.

In­vestors have to pass a fit and proper per­sons test, which Sar­tori did when he bought a 20 per cent stake.

Don­ald had to pro­vide a de­tailed busi­ness plan to the Foot­ball League, out­lin­ing how he planned to get Sun­der­land’s costs down suf­fi­ciently to be run as a vi­able busi­ness.

The club was in the Premier League as re­cently as May 2017 and run ac­cord­ingly but has had to carry out wide-rang­ing cost-cut­ting since.

Clubs rel­e­gated from the Premier League are given para­chute pay­ments for up to three years to help with the tran­si­tion.

Don­ald’s plan is to ef­fec­tively get losses down to around about £3.5m by June.

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