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Fan Letters: “Ellis Short - here’s a suggestion for how you can seek new funds for Sunderland”

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Dear Roker Report,

When Ellis Short took over at Sunderland AFC one of his first actions was to buy out the fans who'd invested in the Club, then de-listing it from the Stock Market.

I believe he said at the time that this was, because, if the Club (team) needed investment he could provide the funds without having ask hundreds of shareholders to put a few quid each in.

Invest he has, but to what extent we'll probably never know. We do know, however, that he has lost a lot of money (and who's to blame for that might we ask?) and in the summer apparently gave up on trying to sell his investment.

Now it is reported that the Club is still for sale, but now at almost half the price he was originally asking for - pretty soon he'll be paying someone to take it off his hands.

I have a better idea for him - if he can't sell the Club, and is reluctant to lose any more money, why not seek a business partner? A partner could provide some necessary funds for investing (not to reduce your debt, Ellis!) in new, better, players.

That would cost any new partner a heck of a lot less than buying the Club outright.

Hans Mooney

Sunderland v Middlesbrough - Premier League
RR reader Hans has an idea for Ellis Short...
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Dear Roker Report,

East-stand ST holder here and I come in peace!!!

I am just writing in response to the blog about the local press you ran yesterday on RR. Although I think that it was slightly condescending in places I think that you have got the message right and I think that our local press should be more representative of us fans than they are the club themselves. My old man is 83, a life long fan and former Roker Ender, and reads the echo every day and has done since his days working down the shipyards and people of his age tend to only have one source of news on a daily basis.

I hope that going forward the local papers can take some of the criticisms on board in order to improve and represent fans like myself who have been season ticket holders for over 20 years and fans like my father that are completely depressed about the state of this once proud football club. We are Sunderland and will be here a long time after these pretenders have gone.

Peter J Greenwell (Keep the Faith)

Sunderland Unveil Callum McManaman
Time for Callum McManaman to get a proper chance? Dave Kendal thinks so.
Photo by Scott Heppell/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

Re: Simon Grayson’s team selection this weekend, Adam Matthews and Callum McManaman have to come in down our right hand side in my opinion. Bristol may be a fine side but to give ourselves the best chance of winning the game we have to play two attacking players down that side in my opinion. Let the Roadrunner drift around the attack with McGeady and lets have a right go at them! We can’t really defend that well and we struggle to sit deep so lets, for once get our foot on the ball and play a bit!

Thanks and Ha’way the lads,

Dave Kendal

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