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FAN LETTERS: “Ndong & Papy Djilobodji’s self-imposed exile must be saving Sunderland a fortune!”

In today’s edition of the RR mailbag we’re talking about Papy and Ndong, Adidas’ policy on not having stripes on the back of kits and changing the run-out music at the Stadium of Light. Email us: - we’ll include your message in a future edition!

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Dear Roker Report,

Just want to get things straight as regards to the pair who failed to turn up for training.

Obviously we want to get them off the wage bill, but because they failed to turn up for duty they are surely in breach of contract so we don’t have to pay them.

We withhold their registration and wait until somebody is daft enough to buy them.

Alan Garnham

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Basically... yeah. I mean, they’re probably doing the club a favour in staying away, because we’re saving a fortune in wages and they aren’t going to stink the place out, but the sooner they’re someone else’s problem the better.

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Dear Roker Report,

Plain backed shirts...

What a load of fudge from Adidas! What a way to ruin a good Sunderland shirt.

Adidas would have sold a lot more if it had stripes on both sides.

John McCallister-Wood

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I genuinely don’t think that many people care about the back of a football shirt. I do like the strip as a whole though - the red shorts and socks all go well together.

Not that I’m particularly bothered myself, I don’t buy them!

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Dear Roker Report,

I actually quite like the Prokofiev song that we walk out to but I take David Jackson’s point about reminders. If the current thinking is about re-connecting the club with the community, how about using/amending local tunes?

I am not a songwriter but could imagine a stirring adaptation of the (very local) Lambton Worm - “great big lads and stirring goals” - well you get the idea, even if it needs a bit of work!

Andrew Bailey

Ed’s Note [Gav]: We used to come out to a Futureheads song, so we’ve done this before, but it wasn’t a very good choice of song in truth. I like Dance of the Knights and don’t really associate it with failure, but if we’re going to choose something different I reckon they should pick ten or fifteen tracks and put it to a vote on the club website. Job done.

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