Uh oh; businessman linked with Sunderland takeover appears to have history of Newcastle allegiance

The Times have named Irish businessman William O'Brien as one of the men behind a takeover bid for S

by Brandon_Rawlin Friday, 06 April 2018 06:23 PM Comments
The Times have named Irish businessman William O'Brien as one of the men behind a takeover bid for Sunderland AFC. It didn't take long for social media spotters to find an incriminating picture of the bloke in an unfortunate choice of shirt though. 


According to the Times, William O'Brien, an Irish businessman who runs a successful crane hire and storage company, is one of the investors behind talks to buy Sunderland AFC.  

Good news perhaps, except the Cork-native appears to have some history of allegiance with Newcastle United - as this photo unearthed from the man's twitter account taken in 2015 appears to confirm. 

Much as fans on Wearside are desperate to welcome new owners to the Stadium of Light, the fierce north east rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle rarely relents and it'll be interesting to see how supporters welcome the news of a potential Magpie fan being behind this latest takeover talk. 

There is a suggestion that Black Cats legend Niall Quinn has played some role in facilitating talks between Ellis Short and this latest group rumoured to be discussing a buy-out plan.

Most Sunderland fans will welcome the news that a change of owner appears to be near and from someone with links to Quinn to boot. O'Brien may come with some knowledge of football in the region but there will no doubt be some ribbing from Newcastle fans on the reveal of his apparent allegiances to those in black-and-white. 

O'Brien declined to offer a comment when approached by the Times and the identities of others who may be involved with him have yet to surface. Perhaps the Irish businessman could have been pressed to confirm or deny any affection for the Magpies!

There have been rumours of a number of groups who have approached Short to discuss a potential change of ownership at Sunderland and with the club's relegation to League One appearing to be nearing by the game, the conclusion of any deal may yet be getting closer.