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Fan Letters: “He’s good but Sunderland should just SELL Paddy McNair - he’s made of biscuits!”

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“Granted he’s been fantastic recently, but are people (and Chris Coleman I might add) for real when they say we should be building around him next season?” asks RR reader Kevin. 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,

It was interesting watching on from afar at the reaction to my letter the other day about Vito Mannone. Seems that there are actually more people than I thought who agree he was a pretty naff goalkeeper! Who knew..

My gripe today is with Paddy McNair.

Granted he’s been fantastic recently, but are people (and Chris Coleman I might add) for real when they say we should be building around him next season?

The lad is made of biscuits. Very talented and technically better than any midfielder we have yes, but to think he could play more than forty games in a season is pure fantasy.

For me if we receive a decent offer for him and can get his wages off the books I’ll be more than happy as I just do not trust him to stay fit. Sorry, but it’s true and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to get their head out the shed!

Kevin Magrs

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I can’t argue with your point that McNair is injury-prone but I do think many of the niggles he’s picked up recently have been as a direct result of being out so long earlier in the season with his knee issue. After a rest period and full pre-season those are issues that can be ironed out. He’d be the best player in League One if we can keep him and I’d be doing everything we can to hang on to him unless the money coming in is too good to refuse.

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Dear Roker Report,

After all the shenanigans of recent seasons and the shite we find ourselves in I would like to share the following poem with you.

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MY TEAM

MY BELOVED TEAM ARE IN FREEFALL

WE ARE LOSING EVERY WEEK

USELESS AT DEFENDING

THE FUTURES LOOKING BLEAK

A MANAGER WHO IS TRYING HIS BEST

AN OWNER WHO’S NEVER THERE

A TEAM THAT’S LOST ALL CONFIDENCE

DO THEY REALLY CARE

SUPPORTERS FILLED WITH APATHY

A GROUND FULL OF EMPTY SEATS

BOOS AT THE END OF EVERY GAME

FOR ANOTHER BAD DEFEAT

OH FOR THE REIDY YEARS

OF SUPER KEV AND QUINN

OF BEATING TEAMS LIKE CHELSEA

WE ALWAYS SEEMED TO WIN

I HOPE AND PRAY FOR A NEW OWNER

WHO COMES IN WITH BAGS OF CASH

AND BUYS US DECENT PLAYERS

WHO ARE ITCHING TO HAVE A BASH

SOMEONE TO TURN THIS CLUB AROUND

INVEST CASH IN THE SIDE

HAVE SUPPORTERS FLOCKING BACK

AND GIVE THEM BACK THEIR PRIDE

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Sunderland til I die.

Arty Watson

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Beautiful! The first piece of poetry to feature in the Roker Report Fan Letters section! Nice one Arty. Keep ‘em coming.