Charlie Methven net worth: How much is the former Sunderland director worth?

Season 2 of Sunderland ‘Til I Die is available on Netflix now, giving fans insight into the club’s former executive director Charlie Methven. He left the role in December 2019 but still owns shares in Sunderland.

Methven was part of the consortium led by Steward Donald that bought the club in May 2018.

At the time of the takeover, Methven said: “This summer there needs to be a turnaround, as this is an organisation that is used to failure.

“The club has lost more games than any other club so there’s a real, proper job on our hands to get everyone facing in the same direction.”

During his time as Sunderland’s executive director, Methven helped improve the club’s finances and their marketing strategy.

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The ‘Big Seat Change Initiative’, where fans, staff and players replaced the Stadium of Light’s faded pink seats, won the Best Club Marketing Initiative at the 2018 Football Business Awards.

He also helped the Black Cats attract the largest average attendance for a third-tier club at more than 31,000 and the largest League One match attendance at 46,039 for their Boxing Day clash with Bradford, beating the previous record held by Leeds.

How much is Charlie Methven worth?

Methven’s exact net worth is not known, however, he does reportedly own six per cent of Sunderland.


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Reflecting on his time as a director at Sunderland, Methven said: “I’m really proud of what the whole club achieved, looking back now.

Back in March 2018, the assumption within football and with a lot of Sunderland fans was that Sunderland AFC was going to go into administration.

“When you’ve got a club that is losing £30 million per annum and is that much in debt, there’s really very little to keep it afloat once the billionaire stops writing the cheques.

“We came in trying to achieve the aim of turning it around without the pain and humiliation of bankruptcy and it was a very difficult task.

“We inherited a cost base where the club was costing over £50m a year to run, while the revenue base was predicted to be £15m.

“The previous management said there were parachute payments to fill some of that gap, but that ignored the fact that there was also a net transfer deficit of £20m (money owed to clubs on previous transfers).

“So it wasn’t just £30+m loss, there was also that £20m that the club needed to pay.

“So we had no option but to come in and slash and burn, while trying to get revenue rising simultaneously, which is easier said than done but the fans really helped us.”

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Veloce Esports Not the GP ‘Versus’: Start time, live stream and drivers for virtual event

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the start of the F1 2020 season to be delayed. Esports has now taken centre stage as real-world drivers battle it out with the leading sim stars in a series of virtual races.

Veloce Esports will today be staging a ‘Versus’ event, which will see drivers go head-to-head in an elimination tournament.

McLaren star Lando Norris has signed up to take part, with the F1 star featuring heavily in virtual races over the last few weeks.

Norris has also participated in F1’s official Virtual Grand Prix series, but the 20-year-old enjoys the competitive aspect of the Veloce events.

“The F1 one is more celebrities, people like Liam Payne. The Veloce one I would say is a little bit more serious in some ways,” Norris said.

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“We have some big YouTubers and content creators, but we have more simulator drivers, people who play on F1 2019, and more professional drivers.

“The F1 one is in a slight way more of a fun and entertainment, more of a relaxed race rather than focusing as much for myself anyway, because there are more celebrities rather than professionals taking it seriously race like the Veloce one.

“I probably like the Veloce ones at the moment a bit more, because you do have to take them a bit more seriously.

“The F1 ones are also fun because you’re still racing against some real drivers, but it’s not quite as serious.”


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What time does the Esports event start today?

Not the GP ‘Versus’ is scheduled to get underway at 6pm BST.

How can I watch the event?

Not the GP ‘Versus’ will be shown live on Veloce Esports’ YouTube and Twitch channels.

Who is racing today?

Lando Norris – F1 Driver

Jamie Chadwick – W Series Champion and Williams F1 Test Driver

Nicolas Latifi – F1 Driver

Stoffel Vandoorne – Ex-F1 and FE Driver

Esteban Gutierrez – Ex- F1 Driver

Ian Poulter – PGA Golfer

Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid Goalkeeper

Chris Lake – DJ

David Schumacher – Racing Driver

Archie Hamilton – Car YouTuber

Aarava Amin – F1 YouTuber

Ben Daly – F1 YouTuber

Artem Markelov – F2 Driver

Sacha Fenestraz – Japanese F3 Champion

Jay Pietsmiet – YouTuber

Willne – YouTuber

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Man Utd transfer target Donny van de Beek denies Real Madrid agreement – ‘It’s all open’

Manchester United have not given up in trying to sign Ajax star Donny van de Beek in the summer transfer window and the Red Devils been handed a huge boost after the midfielder revealed he hasn’t agreed to a deal with anyone, despite being linked to Real Madrid.

Van de Beek is having another outstanding season for Ajax and the 22-year-old has once again showcased his all-round game.

So far this campaign he has scored 10 goals and has provided 11 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.

It had previously been reported in Spain and the Netherland that Real were on the verge of signing the attacking midfielder when the transfer window opens after having agreed to pay a fee of £47million (€55m).

However, Van de Beek has now insisted that he has yet to decide where his future lies.

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“Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes,” he told Helden magazine.

“I still haven’t said ‘yes’ to anyone, it’s all open.

“I know what I have here, I’m loved by Ajax and I love Ajax.”


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Van de Beek came through the Ajax academy and his performances in the Eredivisie and the Champions League have also earned him nine caps for the Netherlands.

As for his future, the playmaker suggested that he is not only looking to a club whose system he can fit into but that he also wants guaranteed minutes.

“My feeling should be positive at a club, not only that they want me but also that I fit in their system of play,” Van de Beek added.

“Of course, I also want to know the game time they will give me.”


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Despite the arrival of Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford in January, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still looking to add another midfielder to his squad in the summer.

However, Ajax boss Erik ten Hag recently admitted that he hopes Van de Beek stays at the Dutch club.

“I do not think so [that he will leave],” Ten Hag said before seeing his side lose to Getafe in the Europa League.

“He has had a great evolution and has attracted international attention. There are players who are in the spotlight and then things change.”

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Leeds United owner issues update on takeover talks with PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Leeds United are on the brink of returning to the Premier League and owner Andrea Radrizzani has admitted that a deal could be struck with PSG and Qatar Sports Investment president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in the future.

Radrizzani has met with Al-Khelaifi in the past about QSI investing in Leeds although talks have been progressing slowly.

The Italian has invested heavily in the Yorkshire club with a desire to return to the Premier League. He has brought in Marcelo Bielsa as manager and also signed several players in the transfer market to try and return the club to the top flight.

However, Radrizzani has admitted that further investment rests on securing promotion.

Speaking to Gianluca Di Marzio, he said: “These are rumours that have been ongoing for more than a year now. What is true is that we have a great relationship on a personal level.

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“There’s a desire to do something together maybe even in football but there’s nothing concrete at this time

“In the last few weeks everything took a back seat.

“My desire to have a great Leeds that is a protagonist in the Premier League and to do so we will need partners on top of the San Francisco 49ers, we’ll evaluate this when we are in that league.”


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Leeds are currently top of the Championship and have a one-point lead over second-placed West Brom.

The Whites are also seven points ahead of Fulham in third – with nine matches remaining.

Leeds will be looking to secure one of the two automatic promotion places this season as they don’t want a repeat of last year’s play-off heartbreak.

They haven’t been in the Premier League since the 2003/04 campaign and after being relegated ended up dropping as low as League One due to financial problems.

Radrizzani, who is the majority stakeholder in Leeds, has previously admitted that a deal would only be completed at the right time.


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It has been claimed QSI see Leeds as a long-term project and while they might purchase an initial minority stake in the Yorkshire club, it could be with a view to securing a majority stake at some point down the line.

Radrizzani has already secured foreign investment in the club when he sold a 10 per-cent stake to 49ers Enterprises, which is an investment entity affiliated to the NFL franchise the San Francisco 49ers.

Although when the deal was announced in 2018, 49ers Enterprises made it clear they were only looking to be a minority investor and had no intention of launching a takeover bid.

“We’re just trying to apply expertise,” director Paraag Marathe told BBC Radio Leeds at the time.

“This isn’t a casual hands-off, nor trying to take over – we’re offering assistance.”

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Will Grigg transfer fee: How much did Sunderland pay for Will Grigg?

Will Grigg joined Sunderland from Wigan on the winter deadline in 2019. The striker has since made 49 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring eight goals and providing three assists.

How much did Sunderland pay for Will Grigg?

Grigg joined Sunderland in a reported £4million deal – a record for a League One transfer.

“The club desperately wanted to keep Will but this is an offer we simply couldn’t refuse,” Wigan manager Paul Cook said at the time.

“This comes with so much emotional attachment because Will is so popular with our supporters and is somebody who has given everyone associated with the club so many great moments during, not just my time as the club’s manager, but throughout his three-and-a-half years at Wigan Athletic.

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“We all wish Will the very best for the future.”

Upon Grigg’s signing, Sunderland released a statement that read: “Arriving from the DW Stadium, the striker put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal moments before the January transfer window slammed shut.

“Grigg is a proven goalscorer and he boasts an impressive strike rate in Sky Bet League One, having bagged 25 goals in Wigan’s 2015-16 title-winning campaign.


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“And he was similarly clinical during the 2017-18 season, scoring 19 times as the Latics were once again crowned third-tier champions.

“A goal-laden career within the Football League has seen the 27-year-old win promotion from League One on four occasions in the last five years.

“As well as his double title success at Wigan, Grigg also won automatic promotion with Brentford during the 2013-14 season, and with MK Dons during the 2014-15 campaign.

“A Northern Ireland international, the striker has earned 13 caps to date while also being named in the nation’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016.”

Grigg, though, has struggled to settle in Wearside and has been tipped to leave.

League Two’s Salford City attempted to sign the striker in the January transfer window.

But according to BBC Sport, the striker rejected the move as he did not want to drop down another level.

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Josh Maja salary: What was Maja’s wage at Sunderland? The staggering pay rise at Bordeaux

Josh Maja left Sunderland to join Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux in January 2019. The move is documented in Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2, which dropped on Netflix this week.

Maja came through the youth ranks at Sunderland and broke into the first-team during the first season of the Netflix show.

That campaign ended with the Black Cats being relegated to League One, with Maja entering the final 12 months of his contract.

The 21-year-old made a brilliant start to the 2018/19 season, scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances in the third tier.

His performances saw him linked with a host of top clubs from around Europe.

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He eventually joined Bordeaux for a reported £1.5million and signed a four-and-a-half-year deal.

How much did Josh Maja earn at Sunderland?

Speaking to the Roker Rapport podcast in 2019, Sunderland owner Stewart Donald revealed Maja was earning less then £1000 per week.

“It’s cost us by not having it organised correctly,” said Donald.


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“You can argue I should have started that (negotiation) in August instead of end of September but to be fair, when I came to the club, Josh Maja wasn’t particularly well known.

“Every week we were trying to organise a contract, he scored another goal. It was the perfect storm.

“What we should have done is turned around and said when he starts playing, the boy was on less than £1,000 a week, you start earning more money but we get more years.”

According to French publication L’Equipe, via the Shields Gazette, Maja now takes home €65,000-a-week at Bordeaux, which equates to approximately £57,000.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo about his move last year, Maja revealed he would have remained at the Stadium of Light for the right contract.

He said: “It was a bit of… it was up and down. Basically, I wanted to stay.

“Given the right contract, I would have stayed. But at the time, I don’t think Sunderland were prepared to give me what I wanted.

“So when the opportunity to play in one of Europe’s top five leagues came up, I couldn’t turn that down.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was one which to improve my career and my game I think I had to make.”

Since arriving at Bordeaux, Maja has made 31 appearances, scored nine goals and provided three assists.

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How much Man Utd or Arsenal would have to pay to seal Antoine Griezmann Barcelona transfer

Barcelona are prepared to sell Antoine Griezmann in the summer as they look to raise transfer funds to buy Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. There are several clubs interested in the World Cup winner, including Manchester United and Arsenal, as Barca explore the option of offloading Griezmann just one season after he joined the Catalan giants.

Griezmann has failed to live up to his £105million (€120m) price tag after he moved to the Catalan club from Atletico Madrid last summer.

The 29-year-old has scored 14 goals and provided four assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.

In comparison, Messi has scored 24 goals in 31 games this campaign, while Luis Suarez has scored 14 goals in just 23 appearances before his season was abruptly halted due to injury.

According to Sky Sports, Barcelona are exploring options to resign Neymar from PSG and are considering sacrificing Griezmann to do so.

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The report claims Barcelona value Griezmann at £88m (€100m).

And while they are considering offering Griezmann to PSG as part of a player-plus-cash swap deal, they are also prepared to sell him if neither the forward or the French club are interested in that deal – PSG reportedly value Neymar at £135m (€150m).

This leaves the door open for United and Arsenal to be able to try and tempt Griezmann to the Premier League.


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United are in the market for a striker as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet signed a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who they sold to Inter Milan last summer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are exploring their options as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be sold if the north London club fails to agree on a contract extension with the striker.

The 30-year-old will enter the final 12 months of his contract in the summer and the Gunners might sell the Gabon international in the next transfer window rather than risk losing him on a free in the future.

Last year Griezmann revealed that he came close to moving to the Premier League but also insisted he was enjoying his time in La Liga.

“It almost happened once but I was very happy where I was,” he said in a video posted by Sky Sports.


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“I’ve had a lot of fun in La Liga and we have something the Premier League doesn’t – the sun.”

However, after an unimpressive debut season and Barca’s public pursuit of Neymar, it could convince the forward to reevaluate his options.

And in a boost to Arsenal’s chances, Griezmann has also previously talked about playing alongside his compatriot Alexandre Lacazette at club level.

“As a player I would like to play with Alexandre Lacazette,” Griezmann previously said.

“He’s a friend of mine off the field and we’ve played together for the national team. He’s got a lot of talent.”

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Will Women’s Euro 2021 be moved to accommodate men’s Euro 2020?

The men’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer following the spread of the coronavirus across Europe and beyond. The event will now take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021, with the women’s Euro 2021 competition scheduled to start on July 7 in England.

Announcing the decision earlier this month, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said: “We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent.

“It is at times like these that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.

“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and, in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football. There was a real spirit of cooperation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.

“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice.

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“Moving EURO 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected. Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole.

“Football is an uplifting and powerful force in society. The thought of celebrating a pan-European festival of football in empty stadia, with deserted fan zones while the continent sits at home in isolation, is a joyless one and one we could not accept to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.”

Will Women’s Euro 2021 be moved to accommodate Euro 2020?

UEFA said that decisions on dates for its other tournaments “will be taken and announced in due course”.


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According to the Guardian, many federations believe the women’s Euros will be pushed back to 2022.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Cerefin said such a scenario would be “one of the most likely” outcomes.

“We are thinking of postponing this Women’s Euro and Under-21 championship as well,” the UEFA president added.

“We will have to postpone both because I don’t think that we should cannibalise the women’s Euro with the men’s Euro just one month before.”

Women’s Euro 2021 venues

Brighton & Hove (Brighton & Hove Community Stadium)

London (Brentford Community Stadium & Wembley Stadium – final only)

Manchester (Manchester City Academy Stadium)

Milton Keynes (Stadium MK)

Rotherham (New York Stadium)

Sheffield (Bramall Lane)

Southampton (St Mary’s Stadium)

Trafford (Old Trafford – opening game)

Wigan & Leigh (Leigh Sports Village)

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Leeds star Kalvin Phillips makes transfer decision as Tottenham consider summer approach

Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips has dealt a blow to Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho after admitting that he wants to stay at the Yorkshire club for the rest of his career. Phillips has established himself as a key member in Marcelo Bielsa’s side and has started 31 of the Whites’ 37 league games this season – of which he missed four due to suspension.

His performances as a defensive midfielder have not gone unnoticed by Premier League clubs, with Spurs boss Mourinho one of many who are monitoring the player’s situation at Elland Road.

However, the 24-year-old is adamant he wants to stay at Leeds and see them return to the English top flight.

“I want to spend my career at Leeds and see the club doing well in the Premier League,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.

“I’m just enjoying every minute right now.”

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Leeds are currently top of the Championship and have a one-point lead over second-placed West Brom.

The Whites are also seven points ahead of Fulham in third – with nine matches remaining.

Leeds will be looking to secure one of the two automatic promotion places as they look to prevent a repeat of last year’s play-off heartbreak.


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“We’ve massively improved in this campaign, we’re a lot more experienced,” Phillips added.

“We went through a bad patch at the wrong time last season and then lost in the play-offs. It was tough but it has helped us.”

Phillips admitted that he was initially disappointed by Bielsa’s plan to play him in a deep-lying midfielder role, but is now pleased the club are reaping the benefits of the Argentine’s coaching talents.

“I was surprised at first. The season before he arrived, I’d scored seven goals, so I was a bit confused and disappointed when he spoke to me,” Phillips said.

“I could hardly say no, though, could I? Especially given his track record of improving players.


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“He saw something in me and offered to teach me how to play a different role.

“I’ve adapted well, although he’s never completely satisfied! He’s always saying I can improve.

“That can be frustrating when you think you’ve played well but those are the standards he sets.

“We’re probably the fittest team in the league — that’s important to him. He’s on our case all the time, checking weight and conditioning and demanding we always give absolutely everything in training.

“Honestly, if someone from outside came in and saw what he had us doing for pre-season, they’d think he was crazy. But we’re in a strong position because of it.

“Leeds brought him in to coach the club but he has had a big effect on the whole city. He wants to do Leeds proud.”

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Man Utd react to Chelsea interest in Angel Gomes transfer with star soon out of contract

Manchester United have reopened talks with Angel Gomes and have increased their offer to the youngster, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Chelsea are keen to bring Gomes to Stamford Bridge but the Red Devils hope this latest offer will be enough to convince the midfielder his future is at Old Trafford.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to reassure Gomes that there is a path to a regular spot in the senior side.

However, the 19-year-old has only made 10 first-team appearances so far in his United career, with six of them coming this season.

In contrast, 18-year-old Mason Greenwood has made 36 appearances for Solskjaer this campaign.

And while Gomes is weighing up his options, United have decided to increase their offer.

According to the Metro, United have offered Gomes a £30,000-a-week deal to stay at the club.

The report claims the Red Devils have already offered the Portuguese youngster a salary of around £25,000-a-week for two years.

However, Gomes wanted more security, so United increased the offer to include an option of a third-year with added installments that would take his wage to around £30,000-a-week.


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United are in a difficult situation, as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has shown that he is willing to blood young players and give them a chance to stake a claim in his first-team.

Lampard’s approach has seen Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, all given chances this season.

However, United still have to convince Gomes to remain patient if he stays.

The report claims that while the Red Devils think Gomes is going to play at the highest level at some point, the club doesn’t think he yet possesses the necessary physical attributes to make the step up regularly, like Greenwood or Tahith Chong.

United believe Gomes’ preference is to stay at Old Trafford and that his representatives are simply seeking a better deal for their client.


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The Red Devils recently convinced Chong to sign a new contract, with the Dutch winger signing a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.

And Solskjaer hopes Gomes will now follow Chong in committing his future to the club.

“With Tahith we’re very happy he sees his future here, we can see a very good player there and we’ll give him time to develop,” Solskjaer said last month.

“That is the same with Angel. We hope we can convince him in the near future and long term future that he’s a Manchester United player.”

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