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Fan Letters: “Jack Rodwell deserves a chance to show us what he can do at this level”

Does Jack Rodwell deserve another chance? RR reader Kieran certainly thinks so. Have you got something to say? Email us -!

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Dear Roker Report,

This may be a vastly unpopular opinion but I'd like to make a case for Rodwell playing a bigger part in our starting eleven.

I'm not going to say he can be the player he was at Everton, or even half of that - I am under no illusion that Jack rodwell has been garbage for Sunderland.

On the other hand though, part of me wants to believe in him, surely he must have some ability judging from his Everton days?

I hear he is trying to reinvent himself as a centre back, this may work or it may not, but he's not going to make any real progress playing for the U23s. With Ndong and Cattermole both so diabolically poor recently, is it time to drop the pair of them?

After watching Williams replace Joe Allen for Wales, I think he could do a real job in central midfield if he was partnered with Rodwell. If Rodwell does want to transform into a centre back, this would be the perfect way for him to test the defensive side of his game and if Rodwell stays defensive it will give Williams free reign to be as industrious as we all know he can be.

Social media gave a lot of coverage to Rodwell's horror run of winless games but let's be honest, he very rarely started in a team that barely won 5 games a season.

From what I hear around the ground, many Sunderland fans are disgusted just by the mention of his name!

I'm not saying he's going to be the answer to all of our prayers, I'm just saying that he deserves a chance to show us what he can do at this level.

Kieran O'Leary

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“You’re saying... there’s a chance?”
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Dear Roker Report,

So Martin Bain has came out again to calm down the masses. Big woop.

Does the man think we’re just a bunch of easy-to-tame idiots?

I see through him. The man isn’t to be trusted and the sooner we are rid of him the better.

I fear for the future of this club with Bain at the helm.

He’s no good. We are regressing every day hes in charge.

23rd in the Championship. No hope. No help.

An absent owner, an absent fanbase. An absent playing squad.

A yes man manager.

These are dark days people. We need to rise up before its too late.

Yours, in disgust,

Adam MacPherson

“He’s no good”, says RR reader Adam.

Dear Roker Report,

Is it just me that’s really looking forward to the game on Saturday? What the hell’s wrong with me! I think Tom Atkinson’s article on Roker Report earlier in the week about being unable to deal with any more negativity has helped to change my mindset.

Bring it on. Bristol City may well have just beaten Woy’s Palace but that was a cup game and this is much different, a league game. We can’t keep blaming bad luck any more. My dad always says, “what do you get for being unlucky?! F’k all!” and he’s right, we can’t sit moping around any more, these players are better than second bottom and it’s only a matter of time before everything clicks, honestly, just have some hope.

Keep the faith marras,

Angela Moran

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