Michael Gray makes peace with Sunderland after Ellis Short row

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Former Sunderland skipper Michael Gray has made peace with the Black Cats after a public row with chairman Ellis Short.

Gray was outspoken in his criticism of both the club and Short on radio station talkSPORT last week after two dreadful performances at the start of the season from Dick Advocaat’s side.

Short responded in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s draw against Swansea by insisting that Gray should apologise for branding him a “liar”.

But while Gray modified his remarks somewhat on a radio appearance yesterday, he has now spoken with the club and is keen to move on from the disagreement.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very passionate about my hometown club,” said Gray, who made 410 appearances in a red and white shirt.

“However, in this instance that passion got the better of me.

“It was wrong of me to say that the fans had been lied to by the chairman and I will tell Ellis that when I speak with him.

“I have a good relationship with the club and I know they are as keen as I am to draw a line under this and move on.

“I spoke to them and they reiterated to me that I haven’t been banned from the stadium, so there’s just been a misunderstanding there and I’m happy to put this to bed so everyone can concentrate on what’s important.”