No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing the takeover of Sunderland AFC from the hapless Ellis Short. The EFL seems ready to confirm the change of ownership.
Here is the helfpul if limited club statement:
Following a meeting with the EFL on Friday, and the provision of further information, we can now confirm that the proposed sale of the club could be concluded as early as next week.
We would like to place on record our thanks to the EFL for their assistance during the process, at what is a very busy time of the football calendar for them.
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As for the managerial appointment, it would now seem Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder was interested mainly in securing a better deal from his present club. Monsieur Salut’s understanding just over a week ago was that he was the favourite, thought Stewart’s team were well aware that his interest might be strategic, with Leicester’s assistant manager Michael Appleton and Blackpool’s Gary Bowyer also in contention.
There have been plenty of other suggestions: Alex Rae, Big Sam, SuperKev, John O’Shea, Mick McCarthy … and M Salut’s personal dream, Arsène Wenger. Who can possibly say?
Over to the Salut! Sunderland jury …