Sunderland owner Ellis Short would reportedly sell the club if he can claw back the majority of his Â£200million investment.
The American billionaire bought the club off Niall Quinn and the Drumaville Group in 2008 and has had seven managers at the helm during his reign, mainly due to the fact the Black Cats have continually battled against relegation despite his annual expectations that the team should be qualifying for Europe.
Sam Allardyce is the latest manager Short has employed and he is currently battling to keep the Wearsiders in the top flight for another season.
The side occupy the final relegation spot but sit two points behind Norwich with a game in hand, with the two sides set to battle it out at Carrow Road in a six-pointer early next month.
It is being reported that the seasonal struggles and recent Adam Johnson scandal has left Short disillusioned with life in charge of a Premier League club and he now wants to sell.
The main obstacle facing Short is that his fellow compatriot Randy Lerner has been looking to offload Aston Villa for nearly two years and has been unable to find a buyer in that time.
To add insult to injury, Lerner’s cutback in funding transfers has left the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and facing certain relegation to the Championship just as the big money from the new TV deal comes into force this summer.