LEE JOHNSON is delighted Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has finally completed his eagerly-awaited takeover of Sunderland – and is confident the new Black Cats owner will be making some much-needed investment into the infrastructure of the club.

Louis-Dreyfus’ appointment as chairman was confirmed on Thursday, with the 23-year-old Frenchman understood to have bought a controlling 59 per cent shareholding from former majority stakeholder Stewart Donald.

The new owner was at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday as Sunderland rounded off a fine week with a 3-0 win over Burton Albion, and Johnson regards the events of the last few days as a potentially pivotal moment.

“It’s brilliant that it’s done,” said the Black Cats boss. “The important thing now is that we can invest in the correct areas.

“Kyril is coming in, he has some great ideas and he is very well-rounded. He has had a front-row seat watching his dad run Marseille and Club Bruges, so I have been very impressed with him. I’m looking forward to working with him and trying to take the club forward.”

Saturday’s win took Sunderland back into the play-off positions, and the Wearsiders will attempt to maintain their current momentum when they make a rapid return to action at home to Fleetwood Town tomorrow.

Johnson is happy with his side’s current form, but has counselled against getting too excited with 18 games of the league season still to play.

“Football can slap you in the face very, very, quickly, so we have to stay focused,” he said. “League One is a marathon and that’s why I’ve talked about the clubs with the big squads coming through.

“We are building momentum, we are building belief, and yes, there will be bumps in the road and hurdles to jump, but the signs are positive and that’s good.”