US outlet Bloomberg have provided the latest on Stewart Donald’s attempts to sell Sunderland.
They claim the current owner is looking for £40m to move the club on, something he’s hoping to do by the end of February.
Discussions have been had with two parties but it’s not certain whether an actual agreement will be reached.
Donald claimed at the start of the year that he had no other option but to sell following a significant period of fan unrest that saw him slated quite regularly by the supporters at the Stadium of Light.
However, despite looking to actively move the club on to new hands, the fanbase are failing to let up in their relentless hatred of the businessman.
Taking to Twitter to react to the claims, one individual thought the owner was being deluded, while another was seemingly fed up with the news, suggesting they be told when Donald finally departs the north-east.
The delusion from Conald continues
— Jimmy Jesus (@GazJ20162017) February 4, 2020
Not again, just tell me when he’s gone
— Ralph Lane (@Lane2ralphlane) February 5, 2020
There was further negativity from numerous other supporters on social media who seemed to know just how bad Donald was.
The club noted in January that they’d be providing no further update on proceedings until they’d found a preferred bidder, but it’s unclear as to whether either of the parties Sunderland have held discussions with are willing to actually pay the £40m they’re searching for.
As a result, one fan suggested Donald and co have absolutely no clue while other supporters weren’t too hopeful an agreement would be reached.
End of February? Absolutely no due diligence then 😂🙈 Translation, they have absolutely no clue.
— Foz (@Il_Principe1982) February 4, 2020
I’ll not hold me breath.
— davey (@DavidGl74220890) February 4, 2020
Not counting my chickens yet.
— Jake Collinson (@SAFCJC91) February 4, 2020
But there were some positive sentiments from two individuals on Twitter who were intent on seeing the good side to the report – something that appeared to be lacking.
One chose to take on board the credibility of the source, hoping and praying that any new owner would be capable of doing more than Donald has since he walked through the doors at the Stadium of Light.
It would be hard for anyone to do worse given what he’s failed to achieve. After entering the club in May 2018, Sunderland weren’t able to break out of League One and are still some way off finding themselves back in the Premier League.
At the time of writing, they sit in seventh place in the third tier, two points off Portsmouth in the playoffs.
— Ryan Honour (@RyanHonour) February 4, 2020
Damn. Bloomberg is a rather credible source. Hopefully if this is true, the buyers are more capable of doing more with the club
— Azlynn (an American nomad) (@AzlynnPb2) February 4, 2020
Whether an agreement can be reached remains to be seen but there are certainly reasons to be more positive at the moment. Before defeat against Pompey, the Black Cats had gone nine matches unbeaten.
Check out more details of Donald’s plans to sell Sunderland here…