Ellis Short is looking to flog Sunderland for a cut-price £50million – with boss Chris Coleman urging the American owner to get out quick.
The Black Cats are second bottom of the Championship and facing a drop into League One ahead of tonight’s crunch trip to relegation rivals Bolton.
Short failed in an attempt to sell Sunderland last season when they were in the Premier League and he wanted around £170m.
Following their relegation, he then entered takeover talks with a German consortium but that fell through and he has since refused to invest any more of his money into the club.
SunSport understands Short is now so desperate to walk away he will take as little as £50m for the Championship strugglers.
And Coleman hopes it happens, as he admitted: “Supporters need people here who care about the club as much as them. Here lies a problem.
“Obviously Ellis wants to sell the club and the fans recognise that maybe his love for the club was maybe yesterday.
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“Until that changes, until we get someone that wants to turn a corner, love the club, care for it and look after it, you’ll have that negativity.
“If the fans don’t feel that you feel the same as they do then there is a problem.
“We know all about that the anger and the frustration from everybody and myself and the players have to accept that, we take it on the chin.
“Until we have a new owner with new ideas then we are where we are.