Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has leapt to the defence of the club’s owner Ellis Short.
The American had come under fierce criticism earlier in the season from fans and ex-defender Michael Gray - though he quickly apologised - frustrated by the club’s modest summer spending.
Since then Short has signed Fabio Borini in a move worth up to £10million plus the loan signings of Swedish international Ola Toivonen and Spurs full-back DeAndre Yedlin.
And ex-Black Cats player, manager and chairman Quinn believes the criticism of Short is “very unfair”.
Quinn said: “I think it’s very unfair [Short’s criticism].
“I think he came in at a critical time in the club’s history.
“This man came in a stranger to the area, and he’s put more than just a pile of money into it, he’s put his heart and soul into it at times.
“He’s put things in place that haven’t always worked out.
“But he has spent money to do that and I think it’s most unfair that he gets that.
“He needs a break and I’d love to see Dick get this team rolling, because he will go and sign a player or two when it’s right,” added Quinn on Sky Sports.