Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Stewart Donald urged to lower asking price plus contract latest

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has been urged to lower his £37.6million asking price by legends Gary Bennett and Gordon Armstrong.

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 5:25 pm

Donald has also been urged to ensure he sells to the right buyer amid interest from several groups and individuals.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 21 July, 2020, 17:23

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Strong message from the SAFC legends

Sunderland legends Gordon Armstrong and Gary Bennett have urged Stewart Donald to ensure he sells the club to the right buyer – and at the right price.

Donald, who bought the club from Ellis Short in 2018, is looking to sell – but has slapped a £37.6million price tag on the Black Cats who are gearing up for their third successive season in League One.

The club has publicly been up for sale since the turn of the year, with calls for Donald to sell growing in volume over the last week after a heated meeting between the owner and key supporter groups during which the sale process was discussed.

Donald resigned as chairman on Saturday but is still spearheading the bid to find the club a new owner – with several parties understood to be monitoring the situation including Mark Campbell and Sammy Yu, while former Sunderland defender Micky Gray is hoping to help broker a deal for an unnamed consortium.

Amid calls from supporters and financial experts for Donald to lower his asking price, Armstrong and Bennett also feel that a rethink is needed and the duo believe that it’s imperative Donald sells to the right buyer, rather than a group who may not have the club’s best interests at heart. Read the full story here:

Sunderland legends have a clear message for Stewart Donald and his £37.6m price tag as takeover talks continue

Sunderland legends Gordon Armstrong and Gary Bennett have urged Stewart Donald to ensure he sells the club to the right buyer – and at the right price.

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Shrewsbury pushing for an October start

Shrewsbury Town are pushing for an October start for the new League One season.

EFL clubs are expected to meet later this week to discuss proposals for the 2020-21 campaign, with most understood to be in favour of the September 12 restart date.

However, the Shropshire Star report Shrewsbury have put forward a suggestion to delay the restart of the league season until October so that domestic cup ties can be held as ‘pilot fixtures’ for some fans to be allowed back into stadiums prior to that.

It follows the latest update from the Government at the end of last week in which they announced they were hoping to get some fans back into sporting stadiums by October, though tests will need to be carried out to ensure it is safe.

The Shropshire Star report: “And Shrewsbury feel that the best opportunity to do so, without a big effect on league attendances, is to move Carabao Cup and Leasing.com Trophy ties forward to September 12 until September 30 and start league action in October.

“With lower crowds for Carabao Cup and Leasing.com Trophy competitions anyway, Town feel they would be suitable for pilot schemes on reduced capacities – without affecting season ticket holders.”

Sunderland had been linked

 Blackpool have announced they have signed in-demand striker Jerry Yates from Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee. He had been linked with Sunderland.

The 23-year-old has joined on a three-year-deal with Blackpool having an option to extend for a further year.

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