Martin Bain's interview about the state of Sunderland's finances has provoked a lot of social media reaction.
Bain revealed to the Echo where the Jordan Pickford money had gone and how Ellis Short was still prepared to fund the club.
Fans took to social media to react to the story. Here's a selection of Twitter comments:
@waldron1994: Short wouldn't have had to "sign eight figure cheques" if he hadn't of wasted money in the first place. #SAFC #Bain
@mobilemackem: Credit to Bain for talking. But it now seems like there won't be money in January. Or even next Summer without a buyer. #safc
@MJPotts17: Bain is a firefighter. Short is the fire. It's going to be a dreadful season, but the problems can't be cured overnight #SAFC
@safc_biker: Seems we made a proper Sunderland of the Alvarez deal then
@ianduffster: good interview with Bain - answered all questions.Happily stay in champ for 5 yrs if stabilizes us long term and allows growth
@John_K_M_: I can accept the reasoning but you cannot expect fans to just"take it on the chin" without anyone being held to account.
@samsonplace: Surely no safc fan can be happy about Bain's interview. Basically admitting they've given up on this season and probably next. #safc.
Over on our Facebook pages, fans have been having their say too:
Bill Luke: For heavens sake give this guy a chance. SAFC are not only broke we are deep in debt. These are the mistakes of the past not Bain's.
Dave Nixon: This bloke is a naive mouthpiece if he thinks people either accept his maths or this banal clap trap....
Cameron Westwood: Fans need to realise, and accept, the fact that the club is perilously close to administration.
Andy Knott: Got massive debt and it needs to be cleared. We have wasted money for years and finally they are starting to show some sense bringing in some decent quality for absolutely buttons