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Stewart Donald spoke recently about the £10m loan from investors during an interview on BBC Newcastle, but he also previously suggested that there would be money made available to new boss Phil Parkinson.
Since buying the club in summer 2018 the chairman has had a mixed record of spending. He backed Jack Ross last January by bringing in Will Grigg for £4m as a replacement for Josh Maja, but cut back significantly over the summer.
In fact, the Black Cats lost key players like Lee Cattermole and George Honeyman, yet did little to replace them other than the addition of George Dobson, an inexperienced and somewhat untested League One midfielder.
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That meant Ross had to mostly rely on loans and free agents to bolster his squad, with six additions in total, and Parkinson will need greater backing than that if he is to improve the current predicament the team finds itself in.
He should be trusted, too. He is well-experienced and knows exactly what it takes to get out of the third tier having won promotion with Bolton, and if given the freedom to strengthen a number of areas he could make the Black Cats more difficult to beat while increasing their attacking threat.
Donald must not go back on his promise, especially as he has stated that the biggest priority is promotion, which currently looks unlikely given the recent run of results and the poor performances of several in the team.
The chairman also recently remarked on the lack of success of Grigg, but holds out hope that Parkinson could be the manager to get him up and running, which hints that there may not be too many attacking recruits.
It is understandable if Donald is a bit hesitant after spending such a big outlay last time out for little reward, but he has to at least show ambition and give his manager the best possible chance at winning promotion.