Sunderland fan group Red and White Army (RAWA) have confirmed that they are on the verge of changing to a Supporters’ Trust.
The Wearside club find themselves embroiled in a summer of turmoil, with current owner Stewart Donald remaining keen on selling the club. Failure to gain promotion from League One for a second successive season has put further pressure on Donald and first team manager Phil Parkinson, and the club’s future remains up in the air.
With such problems at the club, fans are now becoming increasingly concerned and that has seemingly led RAWA to push to become a Supporters’ Trust. The fan group, who often hold dialogue with club officials, have been largely active over the last month about making a difference at the club, as per Sunderland Echo.
Following a meeting and subsequent vote, RAWA tweeted: “Our Extraordinary General Meeting has voted to convert to a Trust overwhelmingly, with no votes against (couple of abstentions). Onwards and upwards. More info to follow.”
Our Extraordinary General Meeting has voted to convert to a Trust overwhelmingly, with no votes against (couple of abstentions).
Onwards and upwards.
More info to follow.
— Red & White Army (@RedAndWhite2017) July 23, 2020
Converting to a Trust would see many benefits for the supporters group and will allow them to potentially take a shareholding in the club.
In order to become a member of the RAWA, members will have to make a small payment anywhere in the region of £5 to £20, which will be followed by a small annual membership fee.
This is good news for Sunderland, especially if RAWA can get themselves on the board of shareholders.
The group have become an especially valuable and trustworthy source of communication for the club’s fans of late and that must continue when a new owner comes in so that the stormy Donald era is not repeated under future ownership.
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