And the news today is… Stewart Donald has finally closed his Twitter account. Donald made one last tweet to explain: “Sunderland AFC fans, I have always tried to communicate on social media and help fans but I think the negatives now outweigh the positives. I temporarily took a break but I will now do so permanently. I will just communicate via club channels which I think is what most want.”

On the managerial front, Phil Parkinson seems to be the current favourite after his odds were slashed, but Gareth Ainsworth, Daniel Stendel, Paul Cook and Nigel Pearson are also in the frame.

On the takeover front, reports in gutter press claim that Donald values the club at £50m and wants additional £15m if the club was promoted to the Championship and a further £25m if promoted to the Premier League.

SAFC have released the following: "The Board has consistently stated its desire to seek additional investment to enable the club to be competitive in whichever league it finds itself in. In League One, this [additional investment] is not a necessity, so it is a matter of looking to future requirements, if and when promotion is achieved. Discussions have been ongoing for some time, and continue to be so, but until those talks have concluded one way or the other the club cannot give further comment, owing to confidentiality agreements. Whilst we understand the desire of supporters to know how the process is developing, we would ask, please, for some patience. We will provide an update as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, please do not attach undue credence to speculation and theories from various sources, as they are unsubstantiated. Across all areas of the club we continue to operate and progress as usual. The business of the club is in good working order, as we look forward to an exciting few months on the pitch, including crucial League One matches and a last 16 League Cup tie against Oxford United.”