Micky Gray reveals where his consortium currently stand after Stewart Donald restarts Sunderland takeover talks

Former Sunderland defender Micky Gray says he and his consortium are ‘trying their best’ to find a solution to get the Black Cats ‘back on track’.

Friday, 17th July 2020, 8:58 am
Updated Friday, 17th July 2020, 11:24 am

Gray has previously spoken about the difficulties he faced in trying to broker a deal to purchase Sunderland, having assembled a consortium interested in striking an agreement.

“It’s not with my funds, but I’ve been to the club on two occasions with two consortiums to try and buy the club,” he revealed last month.

“We’ve got so far and then it came down to the due diligence, and they weren’t - shall we say nice enough - to give us the paperwork to see what was going on behind the scenes figure wise etc.”

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"We phoned him this week and asked him if his consortium was interested,” said Donald.

"Bearing in mind they had obviously been in touch, he didn’t know the figures so we gave him the figures and he’s going to get back to us.”

And Gray has now confirmed that he did take a call from the club this week – albeit not from Donald directly.

In a brief update posted on his Twitter account, the 45-year-old confirmed that his group are trying to come up with a solution to help get Sunderland ‘back on track.’

However, he hinted that things could take time to progress – and was quick to point out that a deal may not materialise at all.

"Twitter is not the place to be making statements,” he posted.

"I took a call 2 days ago but not from Mr Donald... All I can say is we are trying our best to come up with a solution to get our club back on track.. things important as this take time... it may or may not happen.”

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