Dear Roker Report,
I think it would be ideal if there was some way we could arrange a completely empty stadium (bar the wolves fans) for the final day of the season (I’m sort of joking and sort of not) - the current crop of absolute c*nts deserve to walk out to complete silence.
They don’t even deserve to be booed, they do not deserve the emotion that we bring to this club, we shouldn’t have to waste our energy on people who aren’t willing to waste theirs for our red and white stripes.
As everyone knows so much has gone wrong and there are so many factors that have lead us into this position, and I’m not going to bore anyone by going into them again.
Ultimately from my point of view we need a mass overhaul from top to bottom; new owner(s), new board, new heads of departments (mainly in recruitment) and so on and so on.
Would I be disappointed if Coleman wasn’t here next season? No. I’d be perfectly happy if everyone who was involved with the football side of things was a completely new face next season as we really need some reinvigorating as a fan base.
I want my passion back, I want to care again.
Aye we’ve been relegated to the third tier for only the second time in our history but f*ck it, let’s have some change and start loving Sunderland AFC again... someone has to!
Ed’s Note [Gav]: I get where you are coming from but I don’t agree regarding Coleman. I’d be happy for us to clear the decks and let him shape a team in his own vision, and the most important thing we can do now is to start working out who we need to get rid of and push out the door. I’d start with the on-field leaders and the chancers who haven’t looked like they care all season, and I’d happily hang on to the youngsters who have shown they care. Add to them the right blend of experience, potential and athleticism and we’ll be in healthier shape next season.
Dear Roker Report,
Wouldn’t you just know it?
Not just Sunderland’s sickening, disappointing but still rather inevitable demotion to the backwaters of League 1 but the manner in which it was finally confirmed.
Without wishing to seem disrespectful it was courtesy of defeat to Burton Albion - one of the Football League’s youngest clubs on their first-ever visit to the Sunderland SOL - courtesy of yet ANOTHER “act of charity” on our part, while the fact that Darren Bent contributed to our fate on his latest Sunderland “homecoming” just put the cherry on the cake (if that is indeed the correct phrase to use).
I imagine that April 21st 2018 will long live in the memories of most connected with Burton Albion FC, and not just for the fact that the club pulled off what could yet prove to be a crucial victory, one which may well help prevent them joining us in League 1 in season 2018/19. I guess it could only happen at Sunderland, with the Black Cats now it seems having finally ran out of lives, at least in the Championship.
I guess I could go on from now till the start of the new season in August with my thoughts re: the hows, whys, wherefores etc. of a second successive relegation, but right now - and no doubt in common with a lot of other SAFC fans - to say that I feel disappointed and sick is perhaps one of the biggest understatements of all time.
And as such, I don’t really feel motivated enough to express my opinions in full, but suffice to say that the current “scenario” makes even the Mackemenemy era seem like a tea party.
It may well take time for the reality to sink in, therefore I’ll save my own proper synopsis for post-Wolves, although no doubt a lot of other inquests have already, and quite rightly begun into the latest sorry chapter in the rather willful demise of a once-proud football club.
Ed’s Note [Gav]: I’m still not over it. I’m so angry - how could our owner be so neglectful? He created the mess we find ourselves in and he’s decided to give up. I pray for new ownership over the summer.