Newcastle fans are mercilessly bashing Sunderland’s takeover, after it was announced the club was purchased for £40million.
Sunderland fans will all be breathing a massive sigh of relief now that Ellis Short is out of their club, but that isn’t stopping Newcastle fans from giving them some stick.
The Black Cats were relegated to League One in their first season in the Championship, just a year after belittling Newcastle for being promoted as champions of the division.
A consortium led by Stuart Donald has purchased the club, and the man himself reported the fee as just £40m.
Donald said: “We have given Ellis £40million. That’s the deal price. His debt, he’s now tied it up – and that’s now gone from the football club, and it’s not been ported to us. The reality is Sunderland is debt-free.
“League One transfer fees aren’t too high – so the budget for Sunderland is going to be pretty hefty. It’s going to be a lot more than many of the other teams have got.”
While Sunderland’s size and budget could very well get them out of League One at the first attempt, that isn’t stopping Newcastle fans from enjoying the moment.
The Toon Army have been hilariously mocking the price of the takeover, most notably because it’s only 25 per cent more than the £30m Newcastle received for the sale of Moussa Sissoko.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Technically speaking, Moussa Sissoko is worth 75% of Sunderland AFC. pic.twitter.com/oF3AHu9pCw
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 21, 2018
Moussa sissoko's almost as big as Sunderland. https://t.co/7xzBtKFKeR
— karl findley (@finnas01) May 21, 2018
Sunderland worth Sissoko + Cabella. https://t.co/af0qCkJxul
— 𝙷𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚒𝚃𝚘𝚘𝚗 🇻🇳 ⚽ (@HanoiToon) May 21, 2018
40 million lol wow, we could almost have bought them with the Sissoko fee.
— Dell (@agbnufc) May 21, 2018
Just to clarify, moussa sissoko is worth 75% of Sunderland afc,
It’s like buying a football club through Bright house https://t.co/awd7AnQdkL
— tony mann (@superchippie68) May 21, 2018
— James Henry (@JGHenry1994) May 21, 2018
Moussa sissoko sold for 5mill less😂
— Chris Rae (@chrisrae15) May 21, 2018