Celtic boss linked with Sunderland chief executive vacancy

Peter Lawwell
Peter Lawwell

Celtic's Peter Lawwell has been linked with a move south of the border to take up the vacant chief executive position at Sunderland.

The Black Cats remain on the look-out for a successor to Margaret Byrne, who resigned a month ago in the wake of Adam Johnson's conviction for sex offences.

Reports in Scotland today have indicated that Lawwell is among the names in the frame to succeed Byrne in handling the day-to-day running of the Black Cats.

Lawwell has been chief executive at Celtic for 12-and-a-half years, during which time he has reduced the debt and vastly improved the finances of the SPL champions.

Whether the boyhood Celtic fan would be willing to join Sunderland is unknown after brushing aside speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal in 2008.

The uncertainty over Sunderland's fate in the relegation battle is likely to be a factor in the candidates Ellis Short is able to attract to the Stadium of Light though.

Former Sunderland keeper Chris Turner - currently chief executive at League One Chesterfield - is understood to be interested in the role.

But if Sunderland are in the Championship, it could lessen their appeal for some contenders, with a cost-cutting and restructuring exercise to take place in the event of relegation.