Sunderland midfielder Max Power has revealed that the current takeover talk around the club has proved hard for he and his teammates to ignore.
An unsuccessful period at the helm of the club, Donald also caused controversy just 19 months into his tenure as he revealed he wanted to sell up.
A second successive failure to gain promotion from League One to the Championship further enhanced Donald’s desire to sell and this summer has seen a whole host of names linked with a potential takeover.
Such talk has somewhat softened in the last few weeks as the new season edges closer and Phil Parkinson prepares his squad.
Discussing the new season, Black Cats midfielder Power has revealed that the takeover talk has become ‘hard to ignore’ for he and his fellow teammates.
“It’s been a tough six months because we didn’t get our goal of being promoted and coronavirus kicked-in meaning another season in League One,” he said.
“The club has obviously had off-field issues – it’s no secret that at the moment it seems as if the club is up for sale.
“As players you don’t tend to want to get involved in any of that, but it’s pretty hard to ignore with so much coverage and nowadays social media is a huge part of the game – so you only have to pick your phone up and there’s usually some sort of notification or headline.
“You’re not oblivious to what’s going on.”
Sunderland’s form in pre-season has been impressive of late, beating Gateshead and Carlisle 3-1, whilst also securing a 1-0 win over Harrogate Town at the weekend.
The sooner a takeover is completed, the better for Sunderland. Not only do the fans deserve some clarity and a clear path moving forward, the players need to approach the season with as little distractions as possible.
With talk going quiet of late, a takeover, however, does look unlikely for the foreseeable.
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