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