UPDATE: to no great surprise, the early voting has “unbounded joy” way out in front, with “joy” and cautious “hope” following on. But Sixer and James Hunter remain unconvinced the story even has legs …
The Chronicle’s James Hunter, who writes well on SAFC, advises us to to treat the reports with caution. Then along comes the BBC with its own version, namely that our absentee owner Ellis Short has spoken to (or, as the Beeb inelegantly puts it, “spoken with”) Niall Quinn about a possible consortium takeover.
Salut! Sunderland has no inside information. But it sincerely hopes – or, since I can speak only for myself, Monsieur Salut hopes – it is true.
I do not imagine for a second that a sensible, determined, committed ownership structure would necessarily amount to a cure-all. There is, after all, rather too much to cure after the shambolic fall of the Short era.
And I wouldn’t be surprised to hear, soon enough, Short’s in-situ henchman Martin Bain, the hapless and – some believe – hopeless CEO, warning us to view even the BBC report as mere speculation. Never forget that Short’s controlled interview with safc.com had him claiming nearly everything written about him was wrong while admitting to a very possible cause, that he chose never to speak to the wicked media.
But the return of Niall would surely give us a massive morale boost, a feeling that we were back in the hands of someone who actually cared.
Vote your hearts out for the Lads, above, If none of my suggested replies fits the bill, add your own.
And this, in part, is what the BBC said (read it in full at http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/43157628):
Quinn, who played for, managed and was chairman at the Black Cats, is fronting the consortium backed by unnamed Irish and north east businessmen.
It is believed Short would ensure the club does not enter administration by funding the off-field business.
The consortium then would have two years to build the football side.
Other debts will be serviced by Premier League parachute payments following their relegation from the top flight last season.
Short, who has publicly declared the club is for sale on numerous occasions, is seeking the return of his funds at the end of that two-year “grace period” …
Ha’way the Lads in what seems an impossible task in the eight games that remain …