Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Takeover latest as Stewart Donald continues talks with interested parties
While League One may be on hiatus for the foreseeable future, there remains a host of news coming from the Stadium of Light.
We’ll have the latest from the Black Cats and their third tier rivals throughout the day, plus updates on the takeover of the club – with Stewart Donald having offered an update on where the sale process currently stands.
Simply scroll down for fresh updates as the day progresses, as we’ll be across all the breaking news from the club:
RECAP: Sunderland AFC takeover news (27 April)
Last updated: Monday, 27 April, 2020, 14:55
- Stewart Donald is continuing his attempts to sell Sunderland AFC - although the outbreak of COVID-19 is expected to slow down the process
- The League One season remains on an indefinite hiatus
- Sunderland are waiting to find out what will happen to the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign
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We'll have the latest from the Stadium of Light - and from around League One - throughout the day.
The Black Cats issued a brief takeover update last week
Whilst the club remains for sale, there is understandably increased uncertainty within global markets and the economy as a whole due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brilliant work from Luke O'Nien!
The Sunderland star has smashed his fundraising target - having raised over £5,700 for the NHS.
O'Nien has been running daily workout sessions via YouTube for supporters, hundreds of whom have now donated to support the NHS.
Reports: Fresh plans to end the League One season considered
Radical new plans could see Leagues One and Two decided by the top eight sides from each division taking part in a mini-tournament, according to reports.
The 2019-20 football season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis with Premier League and EFL bosses working on plans of how to conclude the current campaign, when safe to do so.
Fresh reports claim one idea put forward was a mini-tournament in the third and fourth tier.
Sky Sports report: "Leagues One and Two could be decided by the top eight sides from each division taking part in a mini-tournament to decide who is promoted.
"The idea, one of three plans presently under consideration, was suggested during a meeting of club captains and the League on Friday.
"The EFL's preference remains to finish the season by playing all remaining games over a 56-day period but contingency plans are being discussed in case that plan has to be discarded due to the coronavirus pandemic."
This could be good news!
What next for Lee Cattermole?
Lee Cattermole admits he is unsure what his next move in football will be after his season with VVV-Venlo came to an early end.
Cattermole moved to the Eredivisie earlier this season after agreeing to bring his time on Wearside to an early conclusion last July.
Football’s governing body in the Netherlands has opted to end the season after the government ruled that they would not be able to play until September.
The table has been frozen as it currently stands, with no title awarded and no clubs relegated.
Cattermole’s side currently sit 13th in the 18-team table, two points above the relegation play-off places.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cattermole says he is not yet sure what he will do next season and may yet return to play in the UK.
This may not be the best solution...
FIFA are set to implement a dramatic new rule change
Sunderland could see their promotion push aided by a FIFA rule change – which would allow up to 16 players to be used per game.
The world governing body are currently working through a number of issues posed by the suspension in football – ranging from financial to fitness concerns.
And in a bid to deal with the latter, FIFA have put forward a proposal that would see teams able to use FIVE substitutes when football eventually resumes.The substitutions will be allowed to be made during a maximum of three slots plus during the half-time break in a bid to avoid unnecessary stoppages.
These changes are being proposed in recognition of the long lay-off players have had due to competitions being suspended and the anticipated high volume of matches when and if play resumes.
For clubs such as Sunderland – who are chasing promotion and face a number of key fixtures within a short space of time – the move will be a welcome one, given it would avoid fatigue and reduce the risk of injury within squads.
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