Stewart Donald deletes Twitter - takeover going pear-shaped - but new signing to save the day?

A summer of maybes, what ifs and who knows still shrouds Sunderland as we move into July.

by GMac88 Monday, 01 July 2019 09:22 AM Comments

 

The takeover or investment or whatever you want to call it from Mark Campbell and his consortium has rumbled on for weeks. The language from Sunderland's owner, and lack of any progress, is indicating that there will be no takeover or investment anytime soon.

Stewart Donald deleted his Twitter account this morning so you can imagine the fracas going on there at the moment. Whether it means more than the Don being a bit sick of seeing 99+ notifications on his phone remains to be seen.

I had no problem with fans directly tweeting the owner with questions, queries and concerns. I think if you're going to open yourself up on such a forum you should be prepared for what happens next, otherwise it's just naivety.

There's an underlying feeling that I can't put my finger on. The discussions with Campbell have, reportedly, being going on for months prior to Sunderland confirming their League One status for 2019/20. This would have undoubtedly moved the goalposts for the negotiations, so it isn't a big surprise that this didn't go ahead.

A summer of maybes, what ifs and who knows still shrouds Sunderland as we move into July.

The takeover or investment or whatever you want to call it from Mark Campbell and his consortium has rumbled on for weeks. The language from Sunderland's owner, and lack of any progress, is indicating that there will be no takeover or investment anytime soon.

Stewart Donald deleted his Twitter account this morning so you can imagine the fracas going on there at the moment. Whether it means more than the Don being a bit sick of seeing 99+ notifications on his phone remains to be seen.

I had no problem with fans directly tweeting the owner with questions, queries and concerns. I think if you're going to open yourself up on such a forum you should be prepared for what happens next, otherwise it's just naivety.

There's an underlying feeling that I can't put my finger on. The discussions with Campbell have, reportedly, being going on for months prior to Sunderland confirming their League One status for 2019/20. This would have undoubtedly moved the goalposts for the negotiations, so it isn't a big surprise that this doesn't look like it's going ahead.

Charlie Methven told me earlier in June it was 50/50 as this stage, in line with most deals of this type at the stage it was at.

What does this all mean for us now? I think unquestionably it reduces our investment for the summer. Regardless of any assurances we receive via Donald or Methven, for a significant investment deal to fail (if indeed it has failed), it must have an impact on the financial situation and plan.

That makes things difficult as we prepare for our season opener against Oxford United in a months' time. There are some tasty matches to look forward to, and you can find fixtures for all the upcoming football matches here. Our start is particularly difficult, with games against Ipswich, Portsmouth and Peterborough in the first month.

To help prepare us for that opener, Sunderland are set to finally make their first transfer breakthrough today, apparently. Lawrence Shankland and James Wilson the most touted arrivals. It will be some welcome positive news to battle against the flowing negativity we've had since our second trip to Wembley.

There is a weird feeling around the club right now. Let's hope for a few more quick signings and a solid start to League One.