Sunderland takeover dealt fresh blow

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It's set to be a busy old summer for Sunderland.

The Black Cats could have a drastically different looking squad when the new season resumes as the club look to prepare for a third season in League One.

Kyle Lafferty, Duncan Watmore, Joel Lynch, Alim Ozturk, Jack Baldwin and Ethan Robson have all moved on from the club following the end of their respective contracts.

In addition, Antoine Semenyo, Bailey Wright and Declan John have returned to their parent clubs after their loan spells.

That means that it could be an incredibly busy few months for the Black Cats.

Such a pivotal period has arguably come at the worst period with uncertainty over the club's ownership also up in the air.

Speculation has suggested that majority shareholder Stewart Donald would be looking to sell the club after failing to secure promotion from the third tier for the second season in a row.

Supporters are growing impatient with the owner, with many keen for a fresh face and fresh investment to come and help the club out of their current plight.

But unfortunately for the fans, it seems that Donald's departure is anything but imminent.

According to James Hunter of Chronicle Live, the Sunderland chief is likely to remain in charge until the start of the new season at the earliest.

He tweeted: "Takeover talk has stepped up over the last few days but there doesn't seem to be anything immediately on the horizon.

"Donald likely to still be in charge of Sunderland at the start of the season, and plans being made on that basis."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is not the news that Sunderland fans will be hoping for.

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Many are ready to see the back of Stewart Donald after a disastrous couple of years which has seen them rooted to life in the third tier.

Promotion is a must next term, and under the current leadership it's hard to see it being achieved.

A fresh face would provide confidence to the fans as they look to get behind their side in a time of need, but with Stewart Donald likely to be at the helm when the new season starts, it seems that the fresh start that many crave is still a long way off.

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