El­lis makes Ash­ley look good – Murray

Sunday Sun - - Football - Stu­art Rayner

SIR Bob Murray has launched a scathing at­tack on for­mer Sun­der­land chair­man El­lis Short by say­ing he “makes Mike Ash­ley look good”.

Murray was one of the key ar­chi­tects in the mod­ern club, join­ing the board in 1984 and taking over as chair­man in 1986. In 20 years as chair­man he over­saw the build­ing of the Sta­dium of Light and the Academy of Light.

In a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view with the Roker Rap­port pod­cast, Murray was very crit­i­cal of the Amer­i­can, who took a con­trol­ling in­ter­est in Sun­der­land in 2008, and sold it to Ste­wart Donald in the sum­mer.

“I feel scarred by Short, I feel deeply scarred, my fam­ily feels deeply scarred, I feel re­ally hurt,” said Murray. “The chair­man didn’t come to the games, he didn’t talk to the play­ers, didn’t treat the play­ers right, he didn’t buy them presents, didn’t meet their wives. Go down the road and see a proper chair­man - (Mid­dles­brough’s) Steve Gib­son.

“El­lis Short makes (Newcastle United chair­man) Mike Ash­ley look good. I don’t think that, I know (it).”

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