Stewart Donald provides a positive Sunderland transfer update as January nears

Stewart Donald has reiterated that Phil Parkinson will be backed in the January transfer window - and insists that Sunderland’s focus remains on sealing promotion.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 12:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 2:19 pm

The Black Cats currently sit nine points adrift of the top two, but Donald believes that a return to the Championship isn’t out of the question - with a ‘huge number of games’ remaining this term.

And the Sunderland owner has again confirmed that Parkinson will be allowed to add to his squad in January to help with a push towards the League One summit.

"We still have a huge number of games and lots to play for,” he said, in the club’s match day programme.

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Sunderland owner Stewart Donald is prepared to back Phil Parkinson in January

“We will obviously look to strengthen in January to assist Phil and the squad, and give us the best chance to have a memorable last half of the season for all the right reasons.

“Promotion remains our primary objective, and together, it can be achieved."

Fans have been quick to voice their frustrations towards Parkinson, with the Black Cats winless in eight ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Bolton Wanderers.

But Donald has backed the man chosen to succeed Jack Ross to engineer some positive changes - and has revealed that the atmosphere behind the scenes at the Academy of Light is the best he has observed during his tenure.

"The obvious frustration and disappointment recent results have produced is understandable,” he added.

“We do though need your continued support and the players and management are together and positive."

"It is probably the best atmosphere I have witnessed since arriving, and I am hopeful this will be a key ingredient as we look to drive on for the remainder of the season."

"It's no secret that we have endured a challenging period on the pitch, and it is my responsibility to ensure our team is challenging right at the top of the league,” Donald continued.

“As fans, you have been magnificent and everyone within the club is determined to deliver the success your support deserves."