Phil Parkinson on Sunderland takeover and his conversations with Stewart Donald

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson says recent takeover talk isn’t causing a distraction – with Black Cats owner Stewart Donald keeping him informed.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 6:00 am
Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson says club owner Stewart Donald is keeping him informed about a potential takeover.

Donald announced last month that he is actively trying to sell the club following the #DonaldOut campaign on social media.

Results have improved since then, with the Wearsiders unbeaten in eight games since December 7.

Parkinson was recently asked about a potential sale on Sky Sports' EFL Matters Podcast, to which he replied: "The chairman keeps me informed on everything, which is great.

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"But as I know from my experience with takeovers at other clubs, these things can take a long time.

"There's lots of people who show interest in football clubs, but showing they've got the actual money to get the deal over the line is difficult.

"We've just got to concentrate on what we've got to do [on the pitch], and the owner is being very supportive."

Parkinson was also quizzed on winger Aiden McGeady, with Sunderland trying to move the player on before Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

And despite just four days to go until the end of the window, the Black Cats boss is confident a deal will happen.

“With Aiden, I just wanted to give him and his agent plenty of time to find a move in the January window,” added Parkinson.

"I think there will be people looking to take Aiden before the window closes, and then he's got to then pick the right challenge that suits him as well."