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Fan Letters: “Simon Grayson must be sacked before Tuesday night’s game with Bolton”

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“We have won no home games all year and one game all season along with baffling formations and players out of position. If that isn’t sackable, then what is?” says RR reader Louis Dinsdale.

Another sorry defeat for Sunderland - today, people are calling for the manager’s head.
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Dear Roker Report,

My concern with Larry is he has won something like 1 in 20 championship games so was not coming here with any momentum.

Now he confesses to not knowing his best team – worrying.

Catts seems to have gone completely and we seem to be waiting for McNair as yet another manager has written off Rodwell, which begs the question what does one of the under 23’s have to do to get a game?

His signings late in the window cannot get on the pitch, which is again bargain bucket buying hitting us hard.

Can we say that selling Vito made any sense? We had virtually all pre-season with him then no adequate replacement was bought - surely the Polish kid would be better than what we have brought in, and would probably be given more time by the fans as he is a kid?

But the biggest worry is we are incapable of not conceding any and every kind of goal. Big Sam might be hated in certain areas of the football world but he built his teams on conceding zero. What is Larry doing on the training ground? We haven’t once looked like conceding zero all season!

There are more questions than answers, but that’s the life of an SAFC fan I suppose.

Darren Hands

Simon Grayson is surely now on borrowed time.
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Dear Roker Report,

Simon Grayson must be sacked before Tuesday night’s game with Bolton.

This Bolton game is a must win, it goes without saying. At this rate, Bolton must surely be favourites. Therefore, surely the ‘bounce’ that occurs upon a manager being sacked is our only hope to try and get some points in the short term before it’s too late?

We have been humiliated at Barnsley, humiliated at Ipswich, embarrassed at Brentford. We have won no home games all year and one game all season along with baffling formations and players out of position. If that isn’t sackable, then what is?

Louis Dinsdale

Lewis Grabban scored his third goal in two games - but still, we weren’t able to win
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Dear Roker Report,

Make no mistake: Sunderland were ailing before Simon Grayson walked through the doors. But as a manager - whose ultimate job is to improve the team and it's individuals - he has been an abject failure.

Persisting with Steele (need I say more than Bristol's first?); failing to stop crosses (the second goal); having no plan A (lack of organisation); having no plan B either (the game after their second); not playing to our strengths (long balls to Vaughan!?); not giving the lads confidence (just the whole season, really). The list goes on, and on, and on.

Most seem to agree that we are in an artificially awful position; the only team below us were operating under a transfer embargo. Short did not give necessary backing, but neither do we have a relegation squad, for me.

Grayson summed it up himself just after the game: the players are playing within themselves. That responsibility falls at the manager's feet, if you can call him that.

Like this, we will not beat Bolton. Like this, we won't beat anybody.

Marshall Mitch