Ellis makes Ashley look good – Murray
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).”