Niall Quinn has offered some advice to Mark Campbell, who looks set to take control of the club. Quinn, of course, led his own successful takeover of SAFC in 2006 and led the club back to the Premier League, so let’s hope for the same again. “Believe. Believe in the passion that this place has and play to that,” Quinn said. “If anybody comes in, have a word with the players and say that Sunderland expects a particular approach and way of committing yourself to the club. The type of football that Sunderland play, the heart comes first. If you can up that dial a little bit, and really reach for the stars, I think both the new owners, the current guys and the players will go on a journey that they won’t believe. Under restrictive circumstances, I thought he did a brilliant job. The expectation was huge, yet the level of investment just couldn’t happen because the club was in the position it was. Losing (Josh) Maja was tough, but they went so damn close to doing it all. It’s heart-breaking.

The Irishman also described how he expects the club to respond to the recent Wembley defeat, reminiscing on his own playoff heartbreak. ”I would see them being better for that, because I point back to when Charlton beat us in my day [in the 1998 play-off final], and we came back the next year and we were out of sight by March. We had the league won and we were all ready for the Premier League, we were stronger that year later. So, I hope he holds onto his best players, and everybody hopes there’s some additions, and it gels and gets even stronger. I think the greatest victory isn’t the easy ones, it’s the ones you’ve had to work for. And when the chips are down, and you come back and you do something - like promotion a year after you’ve lost in the play-offs - it’s very special. I hope the players buy into that. They had a tough day at Wembley, but I hope they looked one another in the eye before they departed for the summer and said ‘no play-offs next year, we’ll go straight up’. I think the manager is the man to do that, and I hope he gets the right backing.”

Meanwhile, Doncaster manager Grant McCann has admitted that several bids have been lodged from several clubs for Sunderland target John Marquis. McCann also revealed that Marquis would certainly be willing to leave and the manager will not stand in his way; although the striker isn’t being forced out. Marquis would be a good asset to Sunderland, as the strikers have disappointed since the departure of Josh Maja. "If John is here for the first game of the season then great. We'll try to get him among the goals again,” McCann told the Doncaster Free Press. "If truth be told, John probably doesn't want to be here." He feels he deserves a crack at the Championship and so do I to be honest. "I think to score 26 goals; he deserves the chance at a Championship club and we won't stand in his way.” McCann added: “We've had nothing for four or five days but there have been two or three bids come in for John. "There's nothing that meets the club's valuation - nothing anywhere near it.”

In other news, the Carabao Cup draw will take place in a bizarre location, Morrison's! Ray Parlour and John Barnes are set to host the draw and fixtures will be played the week commencing August 12th. Although the competition probably won’t be taken too seriously, we have seen how the Checkatrade Trophy gave Sunderland fans a good weekend in London. A statement read: “Live from Morrisons, Colindale at 7pm on Thursday 20 June, the draw will take place within a short distance from Wembley Stadium – the home of the Carabao Cup Final. “Conducted by two former EFL Cup winners, supporters will be able to engage with the competition as they go about their daily routine… A true modern-day supermarket sweep!” Barnes said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the Carabao Cup round one draw this season, it’s a fantastic competition and round one is always a great occasion for fans of EFL Clubs.” Parlour added: “Hosting the draw in a supermarket as fans go about their daily lives provides them with a great opportunity to engage with the competition and I can’t wait to see who will be crowned Carabao Cup winners this season.”