Dear Roker Report,
I am a supporter of over 65 years and know that the highs and lows have always been a part of Sunderland’s makeup. Let’s be honest, the night at Old Trafford in the Semi Final of the 2014 League Cup more than made up for the awful games in the league that season.
The problem today is that there is unlikely to be any more edge-of-seats games against the top Premier League sides. All we have is crap, week after week, and it’s embarrassing.
At the moment it seems as though Chris Coleman is untouchable, but I don’t agree with that. His main job is to motivate eleven players so that they at least are switched on, give 100% for the full game (not just the odd first or last 10 minutes). Coleman has not been able to do this consistently yet and he’s had enough games to show us otherwise.
He certainly talks the talk and says what we want to hear but that’s about it. Managing Wales with a squad of Welsh players cannot have been that difficult to motivate. However, two games a week in the multi-cultural world of Sunderland AFC is completely different.
Having said all that, no manager could do much better with no support from above. The club is really sinking fast and it will take many years, if ever, to get back to the heights we hit under Peter Reid. The only decent players we have had want away and we are left with poor Championship-standard players at best.
Whilst I’m not really a Coleman fan (too much gift of the gab for my liking), sacking him is pointless - unless of course there was a way that Cloughie could come back from the dead to take us forward. Now there was a manager that could motivate overweight, average players to the very top.
I’m Sunderland ‘til I die - which may not be long because the garbage being played will put me in an early grave!
Ed’s note: I think you’re slightly unfair to Chris Coleman, who for a large percentage of his time here has had a depleted squad of injured players that were brought in by other managers to work with. It’s short-term thinking that has got Sunderland into such a mess and whilst Coleman shouldn’t go without criticism, it’s important to remember that this is going to take some time to turn around - and he is undoubtedly the best man for the job.
Dear Roker Report,
I’m a season ticket holder of twenty years. I think we have to do something, and the aim has to be to made clear, such as asking the following questions of the club:
- What is the plan to return us to Premier League... how long, and with what resources?
- Is the club up for sale or not?
- How is the club planning to pay back the substantial amount of money owed to the American bank due next August 2019? What is the latest position, as in my view it threatens our very existence?
Protest should be prior and after a game, never during or inside the stadium.
Maybe an organised march with banners would be welcome.
Ed’s note: I agree with all of the points you’ve made. These are questions that need to be answered and the silence from those at the top of the club is deafening. Regarding protest - yep, I don’t think anything that would directly impact the players on the pitch should be done, so if anything it needs to be a demonstration of support for the team, and not the regime.
Dear Roker Report,
Why doesn’t someone suggest to Ellis Short that he sells the club to Amanda Staveley?!
Ed’s note: Ha... if only. Unfortunately Newcastle are in a lot better shape than we are and that’s the driving factor behind Staveley’s interest in them. Regardless of what people think of Mike Ashley, Newcastle are in healthy shape financially and when he does eventually sell the new owners won’t have to worry too much about the kind of debts that Sunderland owe out.
Quite how legitimate Staveley’s interest in buying a football club actually is remains to be seen - she had been linked in the past with a takeover of Liverpool too, which also failed to materialise.