When the news broke that a consortium of billionaires, including Michael Dell - the 25th richest man in the world, were close to buying Sunderland AFC, fans were understandably excited at the prospect of what this new ownership team could bring to the club.
Although Dell is touted to be a minority shareholder with the other three member of his MSD Partners, John Phelan, Glenn Fuhrman and Rob Platek are leading the charge, it’s difficult not to be intrigued and hopeful that a group of billionaires could take our long-suffering club back to the top table of English football.
Furthermore, it’s interesting to consider reasons why these men would be interested in buying our club.
Are they going to treat our beloved club as a mark of their wealth - using their cash to create a lasting legacy? Are they looking to sell the club in order to make financial gain - a coy investment in a tricky market?
Or, do they see an opportunity to amalgamate both of those approaches? Is this a chance to create lasting success and wealth via substantial investment in the club and potentially the surrounding region? Is this a big picture investment?
But what do you think about all of this?
Does this potential deal have you giddy at the thought of what our cub might become? Where we might go with this impressive array of investors behind it, or what this could mean for our city and our region?
Are you of a different disposition? Are you somewhat concerned? Did our last billionaire’s reign leave a lasting impression that’s difficult to shake? Is there a lingering sense of doubt in the back of your mind that maybe, just, maybe this won’t be a fairytale story?
Or, do you have some other thoughts on the matter? What would you offer as advice to the potential new owners? Where should they focus their attention? What needs to change, or what needs to stay the same?
Whatever you think, we want you to let us know your thoughts and we’ll publish a selection of responses from across social media and the comments section below.
So, get typing and get your opinion heard.