Sartori on Sunderland being a sustainable project
Sunderland board member Juan Sartori gave an interview from his Montevideo apartment with the AFP yesterday.
During the interview, the Uruguayan presidential candidate says although he gets emotional during Sunderland games, it doesn’t quite compare to seeing Uruguay scoring during the World Cup finals:
I have a club in England that is Sunderland. I live those games with a lot of emotion “but” for me there is nothing like a goal from Uruguay in a World Cup.
Sartori then said that he would not have bought Sunderland if he didn’t believe the purchase of such a ‘great, historical club’ would be a sustainable project:
Ideas and dreams must have a place in reality. As much as I love football, I would not have bought a club if I did not think it was a sustainable project. It was a very interesting opportunity, a great historical club in many difficulties. We were able to put into operation a new way of managing the club and improve results.
Stryjek set to return
Max Stryjek will play the last game of his successful loan spell with Eastleigh at the weekend in their National League fixture against Harrogate Town.
Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens says although the rules say that the Spitfires couldn’t extend the Polish goalkeeper’s loan deal until January, Stryjek wants to leave the club anyway due to homesickness.
Stryjek will return to Poland over Christmas before returning to Sunderland to fight Robbin Ruiter for the number two spot behind Jon McLaughlin:
Saturday will be Max’s last game for the club.
The rules mean we couldn’t extend his loan before January even if we wanted to, but Max doesn’t want to stay.
It’s nothing to do with the club, he’s been struggling with homesickness for the last month.
Max has been brilliant for us and he has a great future in the game, but he’s not been himself these last few weeks.
His girlfriend’s up north and he’s been given permission by Sunderland to go home and see his family in Poland over Christmas.
I’m not even sure Sunderland would have let him come back to us anyway. He’ll go back and push to be their number two ‘keeper.
Grimsby manager waiting on Embleton news
Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley is still waiting for the future of on-loan Sunderland midfielder to be resolved.
Speaking ahead of the Mariners’ game against Notts County at the weekend, Jolley said they are still trying to come to an agreement with with all parties before anything can be decided:
There is no development at this stage. As I have said previously, it’s about getting all parties lined-up together.
We are very respectful of the fact that Luke is a Shrewsbury player and Elliot is a Sunderland player.
Firstly, we need to try and get alignment with all parties and then we can see what happens going forward.
Jack Ross says the 19-year-old will return to Sunderland on Monday for a training session and to discuss his immediate future:
Grimsby Town loanee Elliot Embleton will train with parent club @SunderlandAFC on Monday and discuss his future beyond January, according to Black Cats boss Jack Ross (per @bbcnewcastle). #gtfc #safc— BBC Humberside Sport (@HumbersideSport) December 20, 2018
Former left-back lined up for big money move
Former Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt is being lined up by Roma to succeed former Manchester City defender Alexsander Kolorov at left-back.
According to the Sun, the Serie A side are hoping to put together a £25m package that will tempt Crystal Palace to sell the Dutch international and the report also claims that both Manchester City and Juventus have also been scouting the 28-year-old.
Van Aanholt joined Palace from Sunderland for an initial fee of £9m in January 2017, where he reunited with Sam Allardyce.
Should van Aanholt move on during the January transfer window, it could give a financial boost to Sunderland, IF the previous regime had the foresight of putting a sell-on clause in his Crystal Palace contract. That’s a very big if.