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This is off a Sunderland forum so how much truth is anyones guess but it is an interesting twist or just a smoke screen from the club to protect the chairman!


06/03 : McCarthy Sacking Timing Crucial to American Investment

Category: FootiePosted by: Mackem Boozer Admincomment:

Speculation is rife that Sunderland's sacking of Mick McCarthy is linked with the proposed takeover of the club from a consortium based on the west coast of the United States.


It is believed that chairman Bob Murray has been hoping to close a deal with the potential Stateside investors for some time and a source close to SAFC informs us that completion hinged on Murray using his experience within the British game to install a top class manager in time for the new season.


Although relegation has been an inevitability for some time, the as yet unnamed consortium are understood to have insisted on an experienced boss to lead Sunderland back to the Premiership and, with their financial backing, to strive for long-awaited honours from there.


There are already a number of names being touted as possibilities to succeed the former Ireland and Millwall boss, with Alex McLeish beijng the bookies current favourite at 4-1. Following this takeover news, and as the appointment will not be made until the summer, candidates such as Martin O'Neill, Gus Hiddink and Claudio Ranieri may be very realistic possibilities.

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