Kevin Phillips has urged the potential new Sunderland owners to think twice about their plans to create a multi-club empire.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the legendary former Black Cats striker pointed to the example of Watford’s owners as how running more than one club can create “carnage”.
France Football report Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, who is currently negotiating a deal for the club, also hopes to own clubs in France and Uruguay.
The 22-year-old and current director Juan Sartori have entered a period of exclusivity with owner Steward Donald.
Donald would retain a 15% stake in the club if the takeover is completed but Phillips has called on the whole board to be replaced.
Phillips told Football Insider: “At the end of the day, however it happens I think I have made my position pretty clear.
“Whoever comes in I would like to see a clean sweep of the board. I think a different voice is needed.
“It could be a good idea and we have seen a similar thing at Watford but how many times have they chopped and changed their manager over the last five or six years.
“It has been carnage at times and I would not like to see Sunderland go down that route. You want stability at a club.
“The quicker the takeover happens, whichever way they go, hopefully the better for the football club.”
Watford owner Gino Pozzo has also controlled Italian side Udinese Calcio and Spanish club Granada CF in recent years.
Multiple players have been transferred between the clubs and currently, Hornets forwards Gerard Deulofeu and Ignacio Pussetto are on loan at Udinese.
In other Sunderland news, Phillips has dropped a “huge” verdict on the future of Phil Parkinson.