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Sunderland’s season is going from bad to worse right now. Without a win in their last four league outings, they are in danger of not being promoted for the third straight season in League One.
It’s a difficult time for the Mackems, but there could be a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, Stewart Donald is locked in talks with Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus about an acquisition so that new faces can walk through the door very soon.
Besides that, they are also looking for a new manager.
Before their draw with Burton on Tuesday, the club made the decision to fire Phil Parkinson and, as a result, Andy Taylor took over the role.
There are a number of replacements lined up including Lee Johnson spirit Danny cowley. Although that will be their first priority, it is believed that Dreyfus and company want to expand the club’s staff pool by hiring a sports director.
Does Sunderland need a sports director?
No we’re fine
The man who can be entrusted with that role is former Sunderland midfielder Stefan Schwarz.
Speaking in the What the hell Podcast, Sky Sports host Tom White said: “The obvious choice would be Stefan Schwarz. I have no idea that there is any truth, but it would make sense, as they have said in interviews, that it is someone from English and Scandinavian. “
Of course, whether Schwarz is really interesting in Sunderland is mere speculation at this point, but taking him to the Northeast would not be the best of ideas, certainly judging by his record in the transfer market.
The 50-year-old man’s last job was in Augsburg in Germany, where he spent a total of £ 12.7 million throughout the two seasons he spent as the club’s technical director.
Before that, he was the head scout and helped draw attention to players like Martin Hinteregger, but when he was the leader, it was not a particularly successful operation.
Writer Robert Goetz revealed in 2017: “The flop category includes players like Daniel Opare, Nikola Djurdijc, Mathias Fetsch and Raphael Holzhauser. The currently loaned trio of strikers Tim Matavz, Shawn Parker (both from Nuremberg) and Albian Ajeti (FC St. Gallen) are among the wrong buys for some of the FCA fans. “
However, one of the main problems for Schwarz was that the transfers took a long time to complete, meaning they had to pay some pretty steep fees in the process. Hinteregger, for example, was an estimated £ 7 million.
However, he not only had problems in Augsburg, he also experienced them in 1860 Munich and Hoffenheim when he was a scout. “From a famous explorer to a bogeyman, he rushes down the boulevard in Munich. “Suddenly he wasn’t there, but nobody noticed,” was one of the headlines. wrote Goetz.
That doesn’t bode well for someone Sunderland could entrust to lead its recruiting and negotiations.
Speaking about his time in Hoffenheim, Schwarz previously said: “At Hoffenheim we work with a large exploration department. But sometimes too many cooks spoil the broth. As a result, some transfers were also interrupted. “
Again, this doesn’t bode well for the Black Cats, a club that could have plenty of cooks in the kitchen once the takeover is made.
Sartori and Dreyfus will be co-owners, while Donald will maintain at least a 15% stake. Add the various scouts and a new manager into the equation and all of a sudden you have a lot of minds potentially offering different opinions.
Perhaps Sunderland should look elsewhere for a sports director.
In other news, someone other than Max Power stood out for Sunderland on Tuesday …