Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

NOT FOR Short Statement Would Be Welcome; COMMENT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

NOT FOR Short Statement Would Be Welcome; COMMENT

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Byline: STEVE BROWN

FOR sale: Sunderland Football Club. Or is it? The Chronicle understands the Black Cats received an enquiry in early summer about the possibility of a takeover by a consortium believed to be from China.

Any genuine interest quickly evaporated. But Ellis Short is reported to have instructed representatives to sound out potential buyers, chiefly in the Far East.

That region is awash with cash and boasts a huge and growing appetite for involvement in the game here.

FOR The Chinese government owns a 13% share in UAEcontrolled Manchester City, while businessmen from the People's Republic hold stakes in West Brom, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolves. Leicester City, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday are Thai-owned. Malaysian Tony Fernandes has 66% of QPR.

A right mixed bunch, then. So first of all let us stress that while barrowloads of investment sound great, be careful what you wish for...

And, of course, if that's what you're thinking, it may well be wishful.

No formal notice of sale has been issued, no come-and-get plea.

And Short has not vocalised publicly a change of tune since defending himself against suggestions of a lack of ambition in a match-day programme last August.

That then seemed a fairly defiant expression of intent.

Perhaps it is time for another, from him or chief executive Martin Bain.

Perhaps either might also use the opportunity to issue David Moyes a vote of confidence. It doesn't have to come served with a scoop of 'dread',' or preface the sack.

Sunderland is a club crying out for stability but, let's face it, right now who knows where things stand? Its ongoing woes have led many to suppose for some time that Short has grown tired of his involvement, and wants out. Good riddance, some will say, and whatever the timeframe and the truth of it, they may not have been surprised by this latest 'news.'.

There is not a 'For Sale' sign up at the Stadium of Light. …

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