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Sunderland are preparing for Saturday’s important League One meeting with play-off rivals Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light, while talk of a potential takeover continues on Wearside.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 7:42 pm
Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson will hold his pre-match press conference today.

Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson is set to hold his pre-match press conference later today with the Wearsiders looking to bounce back following Saturday’s defeat at Portsmouth. We’ll also be bringing you the latest SAFC news throughout the day – simply scroll down and refresh the page for live updates:

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Sunderland AFC takeover and transfer news LIVE: 6 February

Last updated: Thursday, 06 February, 2020, 12:40

  • Sunderland are preparing to host promotion rivals Ipswich in league One this weekend.
  • Black Cats owner Stewart Donald is still looking to sell the club.
  • Sunderland's academy is to maintain its Category One status.

Hello and welcome to Thursday's live Sunderland AFC blog.

We'll have the latest from the Stadium of Light throughout the day - including updates on the takeover of the club.

Stick with us as the day continues...

What's the latest on the takeover front?

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald.

Reports emerged earlier this week that Stewart Donald is in ‘serious’ talks with potential buyers over a takeover of Sunderland AFC.

American news outlet Bloomberg claimed that the Sunderland hierarchy have been holding ‘serious discussions’ with at least two potential buyers over a deal.

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith was asked about the potential takeover in yesterday's Q&A. Read more HERE

Any updates on potential new owners?

Phil Smith

"Nothing concrete, at this stage. I’d imagine most supporters have now read the report from bloomberg that said two bidders are currently at the table.

"It also said that the current ownership hope to identify a preferred bidder by the end of the month.

That’s relatively consistent with what has been said publicly so far."

Sunderland fans react to academy news

Sunderland have confirmed that they have retained Category One academy status – and fans have been quick to react to the significant update.

Sunderland have confirmed that they have retained Category One academy status – and fans have been quick to react to the significant update.

See how SAFC supporters reacted to the news HERE

Ipswich defender ready for Sunderland test

Ipswich defender Janoi Donacien.

Ipswich defender Janoi Donacien is looking forward to Saturday's game at the Stadium of Light.

Donacien, 26, was part of the Accrington Stanley which drew 2-2 at the Stadium of Light last season and is looking forward to the challenge.

We will be ready says Ipswich defender

"They're a big club just like us and they'll be ready for it on Saturday. So will we. It's an opportunity for us to start winning games again and we're looking forward to it."

Janoi Donacien

The striker could make his home debut this weekend

Stadium of Light set for bumper Sunderland v Ipswich Town crowd

Sunderland will face Ipswich at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

Sunderland host Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in League One – and a bumper crowd is expected for the clash between the two promotion hopefuls.

Sunderland host Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in League One – and a bumper crowd is expected for the clash between the two promotion hopefuls.

Preparations for Ipswich

Phil Parkinson is speaking now - Lynch is out of the weekend visit of Ipswich Town

Phil Parkinson is speaking at the Academy of Light

Parkinson on promotion push

"We are ready for the challenge that lays ahead, it is an exciting one, it will take an almighty effort. We have to earn them and have to make sure that come the summer we can look back and say we took every chance to gain promotion."

Parkinson on Ipswich form

"Recently it has been up and down for them, I think they will be three at the back. We know most of the players and they are a very competitive team. First of all, the games come thick and fast, that is why we recruited players into the building."

Parkinson on Category One Academy status

"Category One status is great for the club going forward, we didn't want to lose that. Inevitably you will get the big clubs targeting your young players, they have a pathway into the first team here. Players can get lost in the system at the bigger clubs."

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