x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Short to take over Sunderland

Sunderland confirm the American businessman Ellis Short is to assume 100 per cent control of the Premier League club.

Sunderland have confirmed American businessman Ellis Short is to assume 100 per cent control of the Premier League club. The club's majority shareholder, who bankrolled their summer spending spree last year, will complete his buy-out of the Drumaville consortium put together by the chairman Niall Quinn three years ago. Quinn told the club's official website: "This is fantastic news for the club. "Ellis has already shown tremendous commitment to date, but today's announcement opens the door for a new era at the Stadium of Light." Meanwhile, speculation has continued to link the Wigan manager Steve Bruce with the vacant post at Wearside's Stadium of Light. The former Manchester United defender has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Ricky Sbragia after the Scot stepped aside at the weekend following his team's narrow escape from Premier League relegation. Reports this morning claimed a compensation package had already been agreed with the Latics, clearing the way for Bruce to discuss personal terms with the Black Cats. Sunderland this morning continued to deny that this is the case, although it is understood Wigan could make an official announcement later today. * PA Sport