"Knowledge is power, and feeds good decisions, and for too long we have relied on the gut feel of the well experienced, with a smattering of luck."
RR reader Paul raises some interesting points about how Sunderland are approaching the transfer market. Where is the value - is it in free agents and loans, or spending to get exactly who you want? Email us with your views: RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk
Whilst the daily panic of social media paints the club as one in a state of chaos, a very different pre-season campaign from Sunderland has shown we’re actually in decent shape leading up to the season starting.
In today’s Fan Letters, RR reader Charlie has some strong views on requiring vaccine passports to attend games; Allen wonders if we can offload Grigg onto Wigan; and Stuart is sick of crap customer service at Sunderland’s ticket office. Email us with your views: RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk
We run through all of last night’s action as a Sunderland team mostly made up of academy graduates took on League Two side (and EFL Trophy runners-up) Tranmere. Did any of the players impress you?
A deserved testimonial for the skipper, whose contribution to Sunderland should never be underestimated.
Sunderland’s youngins got some important minutes under the belt against League Two Tranmere tonight, drawing 0-0. Here’s how Sean rated the Lads after tonight’s game...
It’s a trip to Merseyside up next as the Lads travel to face Tranmere Rovers on the back of an impressive performance at Harrogate. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!
Ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Tranmere, Matthew Crichton spoke to This Is Tranmere podcast host Paul Harper! They discuss Tranmere’s reappointment of Micky Mellon, James Vaughan’s retirement, as well as the arrival of ex-SAFC winger Callum McManaman from Australia!
It wouldn’t be Sunderland without considerable disquiet over the lack of transfer action in the corridors of SR5 during pre-season. Ian Bendelow looks back at some of the deals of seasons gone by which went well, and some not so well...
Who do you reckon will make Lee Johnson’s starting 11 as Sunderland take on Tranmere in their penultimate game of preseason?
Jack Ross’ squad rebuild in 2018 was a huge task, and one that almost payed off as Sunderland narrowly missed out on promotion through the playoffs. How does that window look four years down the line?
"I have noted a lot of discontent amongst our fanbase with the current situation be it from the manager to the players and this is my view" RR reader Sturch83 gives his views on the current situation. RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk - send us an email!
After a quiet start to the summer, things are starting to get going ahead of a massive season for the Lasses, and they’re raring to go. Where do things stand, and what lies ahead for Mel Reay and her side?
Editorial: Luke O’Nien is the perfect choice to captain Sunderland – this season & the seasons to follow
On and off the field, Luke O’Nien could be the perfect person to skipper the team - and the importance of a good captain cannot be underestimated.
Gav was joined by our Ant Waterson and a Pod debutant in Phil West as they looked back at yesterday’s 4-0 win over Harrogate, answer a few listener questions, and chat more about recruitment ahead of Sunderland’s final two preseason games against Tranmere and Hull respectively! You can listen for FREE on Acast, iTunes, Spotify, & YouTube - get stuck in.
No, not Andy Robertson - but the Liverpool Echo claim that Sunderland are in talks for another Scottish left back at Anfield.
In this week’s Roker Report Brainbusters, SAFCMerch is testing YOUR knowledge of Sunderland’s 1981/82 season, our links with Harrogate, and more! Take part - what was your score?
It was a cracking performance, but was there anything in particular that caught your eye in Saturday’s 4-0 pre-season win for Sunderland at Harrogate Town?
Sunderland would be mad to flog Elliot Embleton to Blackpool - particularly if his performance at Harrogate is anything to go by.
A massive Happy Birthday, Super Kev, from Roker Report!
Sunderland played some nice football and scored some nice goals as they defeated League Two side Harrogate Town this afternoon behind closed doors. Here’s how Matty rated the Lads out of ten...
Are Sunderland fans managing to keep their cool as pre-season continues? Check out the latest batch of fan letters to find out...
Ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Harrogate this afternoon, Matthew Crichton spoke to Harrogate fan Katherine Swinn. They discussed Harrogate’s survival in League Two last season, the development of Jack Diamond, ex-SAFC striker Jon Stead, as well as what Lee Johnson’s side can expect to encounter during the friendly.
Who do you think will make Lee Johnson's starting eleven when Sunderland take on Harrogate this afternoon?
We’re halfway through our pre-season games as we head down the road to North Yorkshire to face Harrogate Town - here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!
"I had three years at the club and loved every minute of it and was gutted to leave." - Chris Maguire speaks candidly about his Sunderland departure, and why he left.
It’s been a slow summer for Sunderland so far – and some positive news would give everyone a bit of a boost.
He was one of the most promising players seen at Sunderland for a generation – but with a certain Kevin Phillips blocking his route into the first team, Bridges’ options were limited.
Bailey Wright has been an important figure at Sunderland following his initial loan spell from Bristol City, so rumours about a possible transfer for the Aussie took many of us by surprise. Would his departure be the right thing for SAFC?
A new kit, a goal from Dan Neil but some big opportunities missed, plus injury concerns for Gooch. All the action from Wednesday evening’s match at the York Community Stadium from our junior reporter, Finlay.
Big Sam broke our hearts as he left for England, setting off a chain of events that has us facing a 4th year in League One - and it was only 5 years ago.