Sunderland AFC takeover and transfer news RECAP: Newcastle beat cats to Liverpool youngster plus Hull City, Charlton and Wigan Athletic are relegated to League One

Hull City, Charlton and Wigan Athletic – subject to their appeal against the 12-point deduction – have been relegated to League One after a dramatic finale to the Championship season.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 8:48 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 3:25 pm

The third tier is set to be extremely competitive next season, with Sunderland braced for a third season at that level after failing to win promotion this season.

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Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Transfer, takeover and contract latest

Last updated: Thursday, 23 July, 2020, 15:10

  • Hull City, Charlton and Wigan Athletic will join Sunderland in League One next season, though Wigan are appealing their 12* deduction.
  • We’ll have the latest takeover and transfer news throughout the day.
  • 91% of fans said they wanted Stewart Donald to sell the club in our big SAFC fan survey.
  • Sunderland have been pipped to the signing of Liverpool youngster Niall Brookwell – by derby rivals Newcastle United.

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Newcastle pip Sunderland to highly-rated youngster

Sunderland have been pipped to the signing of Liverpool youngster Niall Brookwell – by derby rivals Newcastle United.

The Black Cats had put him top of their wishlist for U23 signings.

Sunderland thought they were in the box seat at  one point but with recruitment staff on furlough, or left the club, they couldn't get the deal done.

Phil’s thoughts on our big survey results

The results are in!

Sunderland fans have delivered a damning verdict on Stewart Donald’s reign with nine out of 10 either unhappy or deeply unhappy with the owners and 91% urging him to sell.

Today we can reveal the results of our Big Sunderland Survey which gave fans the chance to have their say on a host of big issues at the Stadium of Light.

Concerns over finances, the future direction of the club, the sale of young talent from the academy plus the failure on the pitch - with Sunderland braced for a third year in League One - has all led to widespread criticism and increasing fan anger this summer.

And the strong feelings on Wearside are reflected in the results of our survey.

Michael Gray say he is ‘doing eveything he can’ to try and help a potential takeover of Sunderland AFC.

Gray revealed last week that he held talks with director Neil Fox, a close associate of majority shareholder Stewart Donald, as he attempts to bring together a consortium that potentially could end Madrox’s tenure.

The former Sunderland and England left-back had conceded that the figures involved were ‘astronomical’, with Donald setting the asking price for the club at £37.6 million.

Gray said that any new owner would likely need to invest that same figure again over and above the initial sale.

An eventful night in the Championship

There was plenty of drama in the Championship last night as Hull City, Wigan and Charlton finished in the bottom three, meaning they will be playing Sunderland in League One next season.

Barnsley’s dramatic last-minute winner saw the Tykes stay up at Charlton’s expense.

Wigan’s 12-point penalty for going into administration saw them drop into the relegation zone but the Latics have appealed the decision.

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