• Stewart Donald confirms takeover and that club now debt-free
• ‘I wouldn’t rule out potentially talking to Chris’ says Donald
Sunderland’s new owner Stewart Donald has raised the startling possibility of Chris Coleman potentially returning as manager after revealing he will pay Ellis Short £40m for the now League One club over the next two years.
The former Eastleigh owner, speaking for the first time since the Football League ratified his takeover, said that all previous debts had been erased and Sunderland would benefit from a “pretty hefty” third tier transfer budget. He then proceeded to refuse to rule out the possibility of Coleman making an extraordinary comeback.