Phil Parkinson press conference RECAP: Everything the Sunderland boss said plus injury update ahead of Fleetwood Town

Sunderland AFC welcome Fleetwood Town to the Stadium of Light tomorrow – as fresh off-field reports emerge from Wearside.

Monday, 24th February 2020, 5:34 pm

The Black Cats welcome Joey Barton’s promotion hopefuls in a key clash at the top of League One, and we’ll have all the build-up to that fixture throughout the day.

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And we’ll also bring you the latest on the takeover front after fresh reports emerged of interest from Hong Kong. Simply scroll down for updates throughout the day in our new-look blog:

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LIVE: Sunderland AFC takeover news (24 February)

Last updated: Monday, 24 February, 2020, 12:45

  • Sunderland AFC welcome Fleetwood Town in League One tomorrow evening
  • The Black Cats are now fourth in the third tier after four wins on the bounce
  • Fresh takeover reports suggest that former Birmingham City vice-chairman Sammy Yu is part of a consortium keen on buying the club from Stewart Donald

And welcome to our Sunderland AFC live blog!

We've battled through the snow to Echo Towers to bring you the latest from the Stadium of Light today, with plenty of build-up to the clash with Fleetwood Town and all the latest takoever reports.

Stick with us throughout the day for fresh updates...

A fascinating insight from Charlie Wyke...

The latest takeover reports - as Stewart Donald looks to sell

Sammy Yu is interested in Sunderland AFC

Former Birmingham City director Sammy Yu is reportedly part of a group keen on a takeover of Sunderland AFC.

Yu, who was the Blues’ vice chairman while the club were owned by Carson Yeung, is keen to enter the world of football club ownership.

He tried to purchase Birmingham in his own right in 2013, before seeing attempts to purchase the Blues and Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday fall flat.

But the Sunday People claim that the investor is part of a group eyeing a takeover of Sunderland, with the Hong Kong-based group renewing their interest in the club having seen a first bid rejected.

Joey Barton's message ahead of Sunderland clash

Joey Barton wants to ensure Fleetwood Town don't become a 'cult'

Fleetwood Town cannot become the ‘cult of Joey Barton’ as they look to dent Sunderland’s promotion hopes.

That’s according to Barton himself who, having guided the Cod Army to an important victory over Portsmouth on Saturday, is now hoping to derail the Black Cats’ surge up the third tier table.

We spoke about it when we came in - this can't be the cult of Joey Barton. It did feel like that...finally now we're starting to see our real culture emerge.

Joey Barton

Watch as Jordan Henderson sends a message to Sunderland legend Kevin Ball

Ball was honoured at the North East Football Writers' Awards on Sunday evening - and the Liverpool skipper had a special message for his former coach

A great gesture from the Sunderland management team

Phil Parkinson press conference coming up

Parkinson on Fleetwood

"I'm not surprised they are up there, we look forward to the challenge. They are on a good run, same as us and as a few other teams in the division."

Parkinson on the promotion challenge

"Bristol was a tricky game, they tried to make it tricky for us first half. We have played Fleetwood at Xmas, we know what we need to do and it is up to us to combat that. They have some good players, we know that, so have we. We have a team full of confidence."

Parkinson on the winning feeling

"When you come off the pitch, you do expect the top teams to have won, so mnay teams are on a good run, that is why it is important we do our job. We have to make sure our run lasts longer than everyone elses."

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