It’s fair to say that Stewart Donald isn’t the most popular of figures at Sunderland.
After the Black Cats’ board confirmed several months ago that Donald was looking to finally sell the club, various supporters groups united in issuing a statement revealing their relief at the “welcome news” and their hope that a new owner could get Sunderland “back where it belongs”.
Since then, prospective buyers have simply walked away, and things have been left in limbo, particularly with the current situation affecting the world taking its toll on football too.
Now, The Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has revealed that Donald can “charge interest up to nine per cent above base rate on money he loans to the holding company that owns Sunderland”.
After hearing about the update, Sunderland fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the situation.
Does it matter said he would be gone end of May 🤔 we can only wish and hope
— Tim (@safctim) May 15, 2020
Another piece of Donald nonsense, just like last June when he said we have, money to keep high earners and to back manager in transfer market. Neither of which we did then Sunderland till I die comes out and he says on there during the season we needed investment.
— Paul ‘boo’ Scott (@theboovont) May 16, 2020
Keep putting the pressure on him
— Ian (@safcianpeterlee) May 15, 2020
Hold on, he’s applying interest on money he’s lending to the club, that’s taken from parachute payments?
It also has me thinking. Are Maddox using SAFC cash for other investments?
So shoddy it’s unreal!!!
— :NeverBornAgain (@johnnyjenko) May 16, 2020
Was made aware of this in Jan but it’s still not good reading. Stewart Donald get out of our club #DonaldOut
— Chris McAnaney (@ChrisMcAnaney) May 16, 2020
Some Sunderland fans urged Hope to “keep digging for the truth” and bring some accountability for Donald.
Don’t let them off the hook Craig. This story is gaining traction and they don’t like it one bit !
— Plan 9 (@BeerDrummer) May 16, 2020
Keep it going Craig. Nice to see journos laying into Donald and co. and uncovering the truth behind these cowboys
— Paul (@paulthomase) May 15, 2020
Keep digging for the truth !!! If there was nothing to hide there wouldnt be so many questions
— David Gray (@SAFC_DAVE) May 15, 2020
When the club announced a few months ago that Donald was looking to relinquish his hold on the club, Sunderland fans would no doubt have been hoping for a brighter future without him at the helm.
Instead, things have reached a standstill, and Donald’s grip on the club continues to cause controversy.