Donald Speaks...

New SAFC owner, Stewart Donald, has been communicating via his twitter account and his local BBC radio station! He said: “I’m confident that I can give Sunderland a competitive budget. It will take a bit of work. I’m hopeful that I can get through the EFL process. I do white collar jobs, there’s nothing in my history that says I shouldn’t pass that. I’ve got the funds required to give that a go, hopefully they’ll see that as I go through the process. Who wouldn’t be excited about Sunderland? It’s a challenge, I can’t say anything about it other than to say that it is a big job. You’ve just got to live it and breathe it, and I am unbelievably excited about it. I’m more than a makeweight now as I’ve already said, which has cost me a little bit more than I expected but once you get into it you just think, ‘I’ve got to be part of this.’ It is an unbelievable place for football. I hope it goes through because I just can’t wait.”

Meanwhile, the trashy tabloids are reporting that Donald wants Kevin Phillips in as manager and ALS understands that Niall Quinn is not involved in the Donald’s consortium, but was due to play a major role in the local consortium that was expected to talk over until a late bid by the new owners. However, there is still much to be done before the deal is OK’d. We published a financial piece on the take over earlier today, read it here

Elsewhere, ALS understands that deals are already in place for Bryan Oviedo and Lamine Kone to leave SAFC for pastures new and Oviedo has gone on record saying he wants out "I've nothing concrete. I have to talk to the club and my representative to see what the plan is. It is a great club and I know they will want to get back to the Premier League. [League One] is a very difficult league for me because it is very direct... it is not suitable for me. This year was difficult because they did not want to sign new players to help us. Most of the signings were loans, which made everything complicated. They are very young [players] and in this league you need experience."

In other news, Gus Poyet reckons that Sunderland’s demise is more down to negative supernatural powers than Ellis Short! “There is something inside the club that doesn’t let it be as successful as it should be. I don’t think it is anything to do with Ellis Short. It hurts a lot because I had a great time there. We always talked regularly when he was in England, London, Sunderland or in America. When you change the manager many times and it doesn’t get better, then people blame the directors and the chairman. I had a fantastic time with him when I was there. We were always very honest to each other, he knows what I think about everything that was happening there and it is fantastic for him to remember those things I said to him and that will stay between us.”

To celebrate being complete and utter shite once again, we’re bringing bring back this classic t-shirt from the 05/06 season. Looking back to those halcyon days under Mick McCarthy when we managed to amass an incredible 15 points to see us relegated from the Premier League.

Don’t worry we will reach those lofty heights again but until then we can take comfort in the fact that we’re all... still here when we are shit! Hardcore fans and Sunderland till we die, whichever league we are in and whoever owns the club. Players, manager and chairman come and go. Fans remain. We are the club… click here to view product