MSD Partners finalising Sunderland takeover | Sport | The Times | Anthony S Casey Singapore

Ross, the Sunderland manager, has led the club back into contention for promotion
Ross, the Sunderland manager, has led the club back into contention for promotion JAN KRUGER/GETTY IMAGES

The takeover of Sunderland could be completed this week after the three main purchasers registered a new company at Companies House on Monday.

John Phelan, Glenn Fuhrman and Robert Platek, the principals of MSD Partners, a private investment firm based in New York, have listed FPP Sunderland Limited and would become majority shareholders.

Stewart Donald, the League One team’s owner, will retain a stake in the club and he and Charlie Methven, the executive director, are expected to be given roles when the deal is finalised.

MSD Partners was formed in 2009 by MSD Capital, which manages the wealth of Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Technologies who is worth almost £30 billion and will be a passive minority investor in the club.