Sunderland’s natural position is seventh in Premier League, says Ellis Short

• Sunderland’s American owner says club ‘are in a bit of a crisis’
• ‘I don’t believe our squad belongs in the bottom three of the Championship’

Ellis Short acknowledges that Sunderland are in “a bit of crisis” but believes the club’s natural position is seventh in the Premier League and has revealed it is no longer formally for sale.

In a rare interview with the club’s website, Sunderland’s American owner – who is looking for his ninth manager in six years after sacking Simon Grayson on Tuesday night – said it was untrue that he no longer cared about a concern he has tried and failed to sell in the last year.

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