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19 June 2017

Sunderland fans attempt to buy £85million-rated club from chairman Ellis Short — and are being advised from pal and Arsenal legend Tony Adams

THREE diehard Sunderland fans are heading an attempt to buy the club from Ellis Short.

But Black Cats’ American owner Short is pressing ahead with his own search for a new manager — putting ex-Leicester chief Nigel Pearson back in the frame.

Three Sunderland fans are attempting to buy club from owner Ellis Short
Three Sunderland fans are attempting to buy club from owner Ellis Short
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Fans Leo Pearlman and brothers Ben and Gabe Turner co-own Class of 92 film producers Fulwell73, which is named after an end at Sunderland’s old Roker Park stadium and the club’s 1973 FA Cup win.


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England and Arsenal legend Tony Adams is pals with Ben Turner and is advising the group.

David Moyes left the club following relegation from the Premier League
David Moyes left the club following relegation from the Premier League
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Sunderland want someone who can work staff headed by Robbie Stockdale (left)
Sunderland want someone who can work staff headed by Robbie Stockdale (left)
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But the Arsenal legend has no plans to work at Sunderland if the bid is successful.

Short wants around £85million for the Championship club.

He has already had talks with a German group, who bid around £50m, while a US consortium has also expressed interest.

The Sunderland-supporting group are still trying to raise funds but want to make an offer by the end of the month.

Sunderland mad Ben and Gabe Turner co-own Class of 92 film producers Fulwell73
Sunderland mad Ben and Gabe Turner co-own Class of 92 film producers Fulwell73
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Ellis Short wants former Derby boss Nigel Pearson to replace David Moyes
Ellis Short wants former Derby boss Nigel Pearson to replace David Moyes
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Short has told chief executive Martin Bain to come up with a new shortlist to replace David Moyes after Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes turned them down.

And Bain wants to talk to Pearson, 53, who has been out of work since leaving Derby last year.

Sunderland would prefer a boss who is available now, could work within their budget and alongside current backroom staff, headed by Robbie Stockdale.

Pearson’s old staff are still at Leicester, so he could be happy to team up with Stockdale — who has come through the ranks and is well-liked at the club.

Everton have signed goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for £30m from Sunderland
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