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Fan Letters: “I’ve given up - it’s not worth it anymore”; Sunderland fan reacts to going bottom

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“The club, the fans and the city deserves so much better than this. The lack of effort in the players makes me sick to my stomach”, says RR reader Oliver Mansson. Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@yahoo.co.uk - we’ll include your message in the next edition.

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Dear Roker Report,

I can’t ignore this any longer and for the first time feel obliged to offer my comment.

I have supported the lads through thick and mainly thin for over 40 years. My Dad is at fault of course, being from Hylton Castle. The problem being I have always lived 250 miles away in the Cotswolds. Whenever it was possible I attended most away days in the 80s and 90s and many home games too, often travelling alone with no one to vent my anger at. Being witness to Benno and Ball, the passion and the commitment that is so sadly lacking from our current crop of lightweights.

I have of course passed the curse down to my two sons who now suffer as I do. My proudest moment being at the Southampton game and watching the 8th goal go in, my eldest standing on his chair aged 11 and singing at the saints fans ‘I’m Sunderland ‘til I die!’

He is now more obsessed than I am. He was wanted by Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town and obviously chose Cheltenham because of the red and white shirts.

Now aged 14 and his younger brother 9, we were at the Brentford game. I can honestly say I have not seen a worse performance in all my years of following the lads.

I had to tell them of my pride after the match as they always stay to the end and never give up, youthful optimism or stupidity - you decide. They will always support the lads as it has been bred into them by their crazy dad, however I question whether this will be the case for the next generation coming through. Without the fans what does the club really have?

I see that Ellis Short will take £50 million now?

I’m on my way round to Tony Adams house, who lives in the next village - surely he can’t do any worse... however we are Sunderland so expect nothing.

Cotswold Makem

Ed’s Note: You’re not alone mate, this is a concerned shared by many of us. I was told that Sunderland’s ‘demographic’ in terms of season card holders was males between 25-34, which is deeply concerning if true. There are less and less kids going to games. The Brentford match was £1 for a child’s ticket and the attendance wasn’t altered at all - they couldn’t really give tickets away at this stage. Horrible, really.

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Dear Roker Report,

I don’t even know where to start. For as long as I can remember I’ve stayed positive, thinking that there would be an end to all the relegation battles. Even when we got relegated I tried to find the positive in it. I thought, ‘this is a chance for a new beginning, maybe it will take a couple of years in the Championship to get a new owner, a manager that has the right mindset and can stay longer than one season.’

But I’m sad to say that after all these years, the all the positives have finally run out. I have given up, it’s just not worth it anymore. The club, the fans and the city deserves so much better than this. The lack of effort in the players makes me sick to my stomach. Players like Rodwell who just sit around doing f*ck all are driving this club to the ground financially, while players like Cattermole, O’Shea and all three of our goalkeepers are helping to drive the club to the ground results-wise.

Something drastically needs to change.

I still have faith in Coleman, he has the right attitude unlike the two managers before him. With money from a new owner and the right players, I absolutely believe he is the long term solution that can take our great club back to where it belongs.

Oliver

Ed’s note: I actually wrote something along these lines earlier today, you should check it out. Essentially, though, we have to stick with them, as hard as it is. The defeats have become second nature but we have to remain hopeful that one day Ellis Short will be gone and we’ll be able to look forward.