Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray has issued a scathing attack on the club’s owner Stewart Donald.
The Black Cats failed to gain promotion to the Championship this year, finishing eighth in what was a curtailed League One campaign.
Failure to get themselves prompted sees the Wearsiders remain in England’s third tier for a third consecutive season and the pressure will firmly be on manager Phil Parkinson to deliver the goods next term.
More than 18 months into his tenure as the club’s owner, the wealthy businessman made clear his intentions to find a new buyer for the club, and former Black Cats player Gray has now given his thoughts.
Tweeting his opinion via social media platform Twitter, former defender Gray said:
If you don’t know the scale of what you are taking on in the 1st place then walk away.
Where does the future of our club lie with no academy.
Praying for promotion is not a business plan.
We are a laughing stock
Renewal of season tickets?
We want our club back #SAFC
— michael gray (@mickygray33) June 30, 2020
Gray’s comments come after a recent club decision to not issue a refund to Sunderland season ticket holders until August.
Gray’s message is quite clear and, as someone who played a part in Sunderland being promoted to (and thriving in) the Premier League in the late 1990s and early 2000s, his words are likely to resonate with the Wearside faithful.
The message is simple and it is that Donald must leave….
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