MX23RW : Sunday, November 29 02:06:24| >> :600:1334359:1334359:

Sunderland owner Donald calls for fan unity as he begins sale process

Sunderland owner Donald calls for fan unity as he begins sale process
© Reuters
Fans' groups have called on the owner to go.

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has called for a united front as he attempts to sell the club without derailing its bid for promotion from League One.

The Black Cats have confirmed the former Eastleigh chairman's intention to find a buyer after fans' groups joined forces to urge him to go after a disappointing first half of the season.

Donald initially signalled his intention to sell up in a radio interview over the weekend, but with that process now ongoing, he has urged supporters to get behind manager Phil Parkinson and his players and has vowed to push ahead with plans to strengthen the squad this month.

"We would like to place on record our thanks for the wonderful support we have received from SAFC's phenomenal supporters," Donald said.

"We would also like to reassure those loyal fans that we are placing sufficient funds in the club to support the manager as he seeks to improve the first team in the next few weeks. Finally, I just ask that fans now unite to support the players and the coaching staff."

Donald bought the club from previous owner Ellis Short in May 2018 after back-to-back relegations had taken them from the Premier League to the third tier.

However, having missed out on promotion via the play-off final last season, he dispensed with the services of manager Jack Ross in October and his appointment of replacement Parkinson did little to win over disgruntled fans.

Seven points from the last nine on offer have edged Sunderland into ninth place and just one point off the play-offs, although Donald has been stung by the concerted calls for his exit.

A club statement said: "Given these circumstances, and Stewart Donald's sincere commitment on his arrival at Sunderland AFC that 'I won't out-stay my welcome', the board feels that it has no option but to sell the club.

"That process has now commenced. Owing to confidentiality agreements, there will be no further updates until a preferred bidder is identified."

ID:385308:cQx

Click here for more stories about Stewart Donald

Click here for more stories about Sunderland

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
General view of Burnley's Turf Moor taken April 2018
Read Next:
Burnley fans reported for hate crimes more than any other club in past two years
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
FA Cup
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish League Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Danish Superliga
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Gallagher Premiership
NFL
6pm
Giants
@
Bengals
6pm
Chargers
@
Bills
6pm
Titans
@
Colts
6pm
Raiders
@
Falcons
6pm
Browns
@
Jags
6pm
Dolphins
@
Jets
6pm
Cardinals
@
Patriots
6pm
Panthers
@
Vikings
6.15pm
Ravens
@
Steelers
9.05pm
Saints
@
Broncos
9.05pm
49ers
@
Rams
9.25pm
Chiefs
@
Buccaneers
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Hull City13100324101430
2Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1491423131028
3Charlton AthleticCharlton138231912726
4Lincoln CityLincoln13823169726
5Portsmouth1474326141225
6Ipswich TownIpswich148151915425
7Fleetwood TownFleetwood1472525141123
8Sunderland136521711623
9Accrington StanleyAccrington117131410422
10Doncaster RoversDoncaster126332214821
11Plymouth ArgylePlymouth135442021-119
12AFC Wimbledon134541616017
13Gillingham135261317-417
14Crewe AlexandraCrewe145181314-116
15Blackpool135171418-416
16Swindon TownSwindon145181926-716
17Northampton TownNorthampton144371423-915
18MK Dons143561619-314
19Oxford UnitedOxford Utd134181523-813
20Rochdale133461220-813
21Bristol Rovers133461120-913
22Burton Albion142481828-1010
23Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury131661321-89
24Wigan AthleticWigan13229920-118

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!