Sunderland AFC takeover news RECAP: Stewart Donald sale latest amid claims of American deal, under-23s beat Fulham plus ex-Wolves defender on trial

Sunderland will be looking to put their defeat to Portsmouth to bed when they travel to Rochdale tomorrow evening.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 7:33 am
Updated Monday, 26th October 2020, 5:17 pm

The Black Cats dropped to sixth in League One following the weekend’s results but still have a game in hand on the teams ahead of them

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We’ve also been keeping a close eye on other developments at the Stadium of Light too, amid fresh claims of a potential bid for the club which emerged over the weekend.

Scroll down to catch up with all of today’s SAFC news:

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald

Sunderland AFC takeover news RECAP: 26 October

Last updated: Monday, 26 October, 2020, 08:20

  • Sunderland travel to Rochdale on Tuesday evening - keen to bounce back from their defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday
  • The Black Cats will be without the suspended Luke O’Nien
  • Meanwhile, takeover talk has once again emerged onto the agenda amid reports of American interest
  • Sunderland Under-23s beat Fulham Under-23s 5-3 at the Academy of Light this afternoon.
  • Trialist Connor Johnson played for the Black Cats after being released by Wolves.

Fulham have equalised

GOAL! Josh Hawkes puts Sunderland 1-0 up

The SAFC starting XI

Here’s the side which will start for Sunderland Under-23s against Fulham today, including one trialist.

Great to see Elliot Embleton back!

He’ll feature for the Black Cats’ under-23 side as they face Fulham at the Academy of Light.

Kick-off is at 1pm.

Safe to say Jim Rodwell isn’t happy with fans being excluded from grounds...

You see things that are going on, full theatres, and we're just getting told for no real, apparent reason that we can't have fans. That's soul destroying. Culture secretary] Oliver Dowden was asked a direct question in front of a parliamentary committee about why we can have people in theatres and not a stadium, there was no answer. What really disappoints me is that the answers now seem to be quite flippant. Football doesn't seem to be important. The government says it is, but they don't demonstrate it.

Jim Rodwell

Adam Matthews is set to join a promotion rival

The former Sunderland full-back is reportedly set to sign a new deal at Charlton Athletic - having spent last season at The Valley.

Another good signing for Lee Bowyer’s men, who are starting to climb the table.

There’s a couple of outgoings planned at Sunderland Ladies...

Here’s what Jim Rodwell said about the takeover on Friday

He was speaking to the #SAFCUnfiltered podcast about a potential deal…

We are currently in a period of exclusivity.

I think things have gone on longer than anyone would have liked, predominantly due to COVID and the uncertainty caused by COVID.

The party that we're in exclusivity with have shown us proof of funds - and they're the only people to actually do so. Lots of people are all over the internet claiming they're close to buying the football club, but only one party has ever shown us proof of funds and given us a credible plan to take the football club forward - and that's the party that we're currently in exclusivity with. 

They've been uber-professional throughout the period but the simple fact remains - we are in a COVID world. We haven't got fans in the stadium, we haven't got a bailout at the moment and it's making matters very difficult.

Until we get some kind of certainty from probably government, these matters are going to progress I guess.”

Jim Rodwell

Fresh reports of an American deal on the table for Sunderland AFC

Sunderland are in talks with an American investor over a partial sale of the club – according to reports.

National reports on Sunday claimed that an American investor – not connected to the FPP trio of Glenn Fuhrman, Robert Platek and John Phelan – is in talks over striking a deal.

The Sunday Express claim that Donald is in ‘advanced talks’ with the mystery investor, with a £35million deal on the table.

But the reports suggest that the deal would not be a complete takeover, with the Express claiming that Donald – along with minority shareholders Juan Sartori and Charlie Methven – could all retain a small stake in Sunderland as part of the deal.

An honest view on the Portsmouth defeat from Bailey Wright

The Sunderland defender opens up on the defeat, what comes next and why Sunderland won’t be ripping-up their game plan.

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