Jack Ross keen to avoid takeover uncertainty as Sunderland talks ongoing

Jack Ross is keen to avoid more uncertainty at Sunderland – but insists takeover talks won’t distract him from the task at hand.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 3:04 pm

The Black Cats are in discussions with an American consortium – containing investors Glenn Fuhrman, John Phelan and Robert Platek – over a purchase of the club.

Owner Stewart Donald hinted over the weekend that clarity on a deal would be reached in a fortnight, with the chairman rating the chances of a deal being completed as ‘better than 50/50’.

And Ross, having previously held talks with the club’s potential new owners, admits he has ‘no idea’ as to the latest developments.

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“I’m certainly none the wiser,” said Ross.

“I’m not avoiding the question, it’s actually the truth. I have no idea what’s going on.”

And while uncertainty continues, Ross insists he won’t use it as an excuse – but believes stability would prove helpful in the short-term after an unsettled period.

“I’ve said before that it would be very weak of me as a manager to use it as an excuse.

“But anything that involves uncertainty at any club – and we’ve had it for quite a long period now, if you go back to the end of last season when there was speculation over potential new owners – you would like confirmation and stability, if you like, confirmed.

“The truth is it doesn’t affect how I go about my business on a day-to-day basis and until anything is concluded one way or another then I don’t know what is going to happen.”