Sunderland AFC takeover news RECAP: Cats await further EFL updates as League One rival place players on furlough

While League One may be on hiatus for the foreseeable future, there remains a host of news coming from the Stadium of Light.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 3:55 pm
The latest takeover news from Sunderland AFC
The latest takeover news from Sunderland AFC

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 the Black Cats 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 (April 29)

Last updated: Wednesday, 29 April, 2020, 15:51

  • Stewart Donald is continuing his attempts to sell Sunderland AFC
  • The League One season is currently suspended indefinitely after the coronavirus outbreak
  • A return date has not yet been set

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We'll have the latest throughout the day from the Stadium of Light…

Some key dates to keep an eye out for...

The EFL are yet to hold talks over the costings involved with testing players

Forest Green owner Dale Vince admits there have yet to be any talks over who will absorb the cost of testing players when football resumes.

Speaking to PA, he said: "I'm not aware of any conversations around costs.

“But it's important any testing we do doesn't conflict with any testing in the public realm, particularly of frontline staff.”

The results are in...

The key issues as EFL plot return for SAFC

Lincoln City furlough its first-team and academy players

The Imps can confirm that its first team and academy players have recently been placed on furlough leave due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This decision is aligned within the framework recently agreed by the EFL and the PFA. This move has been made in order to protect the long term financial viability of the club in what are unprecedented times.

A number of weeks ago, the FA, Premier League and the EFL announced they would be collectively postponing their competitions until such time that it is safe for them to resume. We will of course, keep all supporters informed with any updates that we receive.

A small number of team members, including manager Michael Appleton, continue to work from home, and the club’s priority remains the health and wellbeing of its players, staff, supporters and local community during this extremely tough period for us all.

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That's all for today, folks!

Thanks for tuning into our live blog. We'll be back tomorrow with the latest Sunderland AFC news and gossip. Until then, stay safe and have a great evening. 

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