Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray has discussed rumours of a potential takeover of the club following Stewart Donald’s meeting with the club’s fans.
Back in April 2018, Donald took over the Wearside club from Ellis Short, but his time at the Stadium of Light has been met with heavy criticism, having sensationally put the club up for sale just 19 months into his tenure.
With a second successive failure to gain promotion from League One, pressure has firmly emerged on Donald to sell the club this summer.
Sammy Yu and Mark Campbell have both been credited with potential takeover interest during the last few weeks, whilst former Sunderland defender Gray has also been linked with a possible buyout of the club.
The former Black Cats defender has previously spoken about problems in trying to broker a deal to purchase the club, but speculation has risen again with Donald claiming that he had reached out to the 45-year-old to make an offer.
Taking to his official Twitter account to respond to those claims, Gray said: “Twitter is not the place to be making statements.
“I took a call 2 days ago but not from Mr Donald… All I can say is we are trying our best to come up with a solution to get our club back on track.. things important as this take time… it may or may not happen.”
Following Donald’s meeting with supporters on Thursday, the Black Cats owner has revealed to BBC Radio Newcastle (via Sunderland Echo) that the asking price for a sale of the club is £37.5m.
Gray could be a far more popular owner of the club, given his 12-year playing affiliation at Sunderland. If that loyalty to the club as a player were to also manifest itself in the boardroom, it would represent a refreshing change from the apparently blasé Donald.
It remains to be seen when the current owner will sell and to whom, but the sooner it can be done, the better in order to close the book on the frosty relations between him and some supporters’ groups.
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