Sunderland could be set for a cash influx with investor Juan Sartori set to return to Wearside following a recent foray into politics.
The Uruguayan businessman and politician provided the Black Cats with a cash boost in September before taking more of a back seat role to focus on his political career.
However, Charlie Methven, who is the executive director of Sunderland, revealed that Sartori will take more of an active role from December onwards and will spend more time in the north east.
He told the Sunderland Echo: “Juan Sartori put a large chunk of money into the club in September.
“He’s been elected as a senator, which will take up about one week a month of his time.
“But from December, he’ll be here a lot more often.”
Sartori was recently elected as a Uruguayan senator and attempted to become the National Party’s presidential candidate.
Sunderland are currently in the middle of a slump having only won two of their last 11 games.
Their most recent game saw them lose 2-1 at home to Burton Albion with the Black Cats now 11th in the league and three points of sixth-placed Oxford United.
The pressure is mounting on manager Phil Parkinson who was greeted with chants of “sacked in the morning” by some home supporters at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday following the defeat to the Brewers.