Sunderland staff fear for their jobs as cull begins

Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Sunderland staff are braced for a major jobs cull, with new owners promising to cut back on the club’s running costs in League One.

Incoming chairman Stewart Donald will take over the day-to-day running of the business and will make his first task trimming an annual wage bill of £35million which has contributed to losses of around £500,000 per week.

There will be redundancies throughout the club and non-playing staff fully expect their departments to be scaled back.

Sunderland's second consecutive relegation means they will have to cut back on their costs

Sunderland's second consecutive relegation means they will have to cut back on their costs

Sunderland’s second consecutive relegation means they will have to cut back on their costs

A group led by Stewart Donald, chairman of Eastleigh, are set to takeover at Sunderland

A group led by Stewart Donald, chairman of Eastleigh, are set to takeover at Sunderland

A group led by Stewart Donald, chairman of Eastleigh, are set to takeover at Sunderland

Current chief executive Martin Bain laid off around 40 employees last year.

There are also fears that the club will lose their category one academy status as every avenue is explored to absorb the financial impact of back-to-back relegations.

Sources close to Chris Coleman have told Sportsmail he was taken completely by surprise when Bain delivered the news of his sacking and the takeover on Sunday morning. 

The 47-year-old wanted to remain in charge next season and is disappointed he has not been able to present his case to the new owners.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short sacked Chris Coleman and announced the club's sale on Sunday

Sunderland owner Ellis Short sacked Chris Coleman and announced the club's sale on Sunday

Sunderland owner Ellis Short sacked Chris Coleman and announced the club’s sale on Sunday

Former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy was spotted in the city on Monday, but sources insist he was there on personal business.

Meanwhile, Islam Slimani will have cost Newcastle £2.5m for every 90 minutes played, with a retrospective ban set to end the loanee’s season. He was charged by the FA with violent conduct for kicking West Brom’s Craig Dawson on Monday night.

Slimani joined from Leicester for a £2m loan fee, plus coverage of his £80,000-per-week wages. 

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