Sunderland have hired Jim Rodwell as CEO. Rodwell is former player, chairman, manager and CEO at lower and non-league level, but also came third on ITV's Britain's Brainiest Footballer quiz! On the plus side Rodwell has acted as a Director of the EFL since June 2013. He has served on the FA Council since June 2014 and was elected to the main FA Board in June 2016.
Here’s a list of clubs that Rodwell has played at worked at: Darlington, Hednesford Town, Bedworth United, Nuneaton Borough, Halesowen Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Dagenham & Redbridge, Boston United, Farnborough Town, Aldershot Town, Tamworth, Havant & Waterlooville, Boston United, Notts County, Scunthorpe United.
Rodwell said: “I'm honoured and delighted to be joining a club of the stature and pedigree of Sunderland AFC. From my very first meeting with the Chairman, I was sold on his enthusiasm and passion for the club. I'll be counting down the days until I can get started at the stadium and academy to do all I can to drive this great club forward. I would also like to pay thanks to the Swann family for the last five years and for being so understanding in allowing me to join SAFC.”
The club’s statement read. “Whilst the club remains for sale, there is understandably increased uncertainty within global markets and the economy as a whole due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board’s priority is to ensure that we are well equipped and in the best possible condition to ensure ongoing and long-term success. The appointment of a CEO is seen as integral to these plans and we are delighted that Jim has joined SAFC.”