Sunderland set for pivotal week with fresh investment on the way as Mark Campbell-led takeover nears

This coming week is expected to prove a pivotal one in the history of Sunderland AFC.

By Richard Mennear
Sunday, 16 June, 2019, 15:35
Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald.

It is hoped the Mark Campbell-led takeover will go through by the end of the week, with the English businessman becoming the new majority shareholder.

Current chairman Stewart Donald will retain a significant stake and remain on the board, as the club enters a new chapter.

With that, transfer business is expected to ramp up and, given the players are due back in training in a few weeks, time is precious.

Reaching the play-off final extended the season, which has led to a shorter summer than usual; Sunderland play their first pre-season game on July 11.

The League One fixtures are released Thursday.

The squad doesn’t need major surgery, but four or five key additions, such as central defence, out wide and up front, are absolutely key if Sunderland are to go up.

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Jack Ross, who faced a lot when he took charge following successive relegations, deserves another crack at the job.

But he will know the pressure is on. Sunderland can’t afford to spend a third season in the third tier.

The Black Cats need to recruit well, with ex-Celtic scout John Park set to join as director of football, and start the campaign strongly.

It is understood Campbell will take over later this week.

Barring any last minute glitches, fresh investment is on the way, bringing with it fresh excitement and anticipation ahead of a huge season - with promotion a must.