Welcome to the strange world of Ellis Short, reluctant and reclusive football boss. In the past, Salut! Sunderland may have been too kind to the SAFC owner, accepting that he had put lots of his own money into the club only to be let down in horrific fashion by managers, executives and players.
But now we learn from the Sunderland Echo that Chris Coleman has never spoken to Short.
Asked at his pre-Boro press conferencece about speculation on a possible sale, and Short’s reported asking price (take your pick: £50m or maybe nowt provided the buyer takes on the debts), Coleman said:
Again I have never spoke with the chairman. I have been here three months. I have never had a conversation with the chairman. I have no idea about the price. I have no idea who, if there is someone, I have seen reports that there is people interested but I can’t say to you it is close or it is this or that, I have never spoke to the chairman.
The grammar may leave a little to be desired. The message couldn’t be clearer. Our club is run in an unimaginably amateurish way, as a younger supporter quickly pointed out.
Here, with my reply, is what Olivia Hutchison – well enough known to Salut! Sunderland readers – had to say, followed by my reply …
Nice and professional Ellis, just what we like https://t.co/SVFdisXfuH
— liv (@livvhutchison) February 22, 2018
Priceless: he won’t speak to the press, then complains they misrepresent what he didn’t say. Now he doesn’t even speak to his manager; consistency requires him to fire Coleman for not following his unspoken instructions https://t.co/kkyKJ5pJDc
— Colin Randall (@salutsunderland) February 22, 2018
Perhaps basket case is too mild a description of Sunderland AFC after all.