Dear Roker Report,
Why do you have an agenda against Sunderland manager Jack Ross? and by the way I’ll defy you to say you haven’t.
As a self appointed forum / platform you have the privilege of discussing all things SAFC ,yet every team selection is dissected and deemed inappropriate, and every match report is laced with negativity,win lose or draw, the away win at Accrington Stanley comes to mind.
An often used phrase regarding a managers capabilities is it’s a results business, not a performance business and Jack Ross’s certainly bears scrutiny
I took it up with you pre season when one of your reporters said JR had ten games to”get it right “ and I pointed out to him, it’s not how you start the season it’s how you finish it( See Portsmouth, Charlton and Luton)
I sat in the Away end at Bolton on Saturday and was disgusted with the anti JR chants.it was embarrassing and shameful and I didn’t see any of your reports condemning it ,surprise surprise!
I know I’m in the minority, but when I debate the issue if JR goes disregading Keane and Allardyce for obvious reasons, most people then say Kevin Phillips, really !!!
Since when has a player whose scored 30 Premier League goals have the credentials to become a successful football manager.( See Alan Shearer.)
Haway the Lads.
Ed’s Note [Tom Albrighton]: Dear Len - you have conveniently ignored all of the pro-Jack Ross articles we have published to date. You’ll find them on the site if you want to read them.
Dear Roker Report,
I was one of the now dwindling supporters who instead of the knee jerk reaction of calling for his dismissal backed the decision to give Jack Ross another season to produce a promotion winning team. Writing before the campaign started ,I cautioned those disgruntled fans to ” Be Careful What You Wish For” and ended by saying only time will tell if it would prove to be the right decision. I wanted to reserve my judgement after at least 10 games in which I had set a points target of 18pts minimum .Anything above this i would be cautiously optimistic that progress was being made with the team. In my mind reaching this, meant postponing a verdict for at least another 4 games with a minimum of 8ts gained , Below this tally would mean replacing him , Even allowing for the extra games for a decision ,if a change was necessary it would still leave enough fixtures for the new man to achieve promotion. How ever after the dismal Bolton performance and the reaction from the away end I have come to the conclusion that the managers position is untenable. There is a growing consensus among the fan base that Jack Ross is not the right man and have turned on him . Even if the team was to achieve my targets in the next few games it would not placate supporters who would voice their discontentment at the next set of disappointing results. He is in a no win situation and the poisonous atmosphere generated at him would effect the players performance thus becoming self perpetuating for every body . In football parlance losing the supporters is akin to losing the dressing room which spreads turmoil in the club and that is in nobody’s interest.
Ed’s Note [Gav]: I feel like a lot will rest on today’s game. If Jack reverts to picking his preferred players, ignoring the lads who did well against Sheffield United in the cup, and we lose the game, then people will rightly be calling for his head.
Dear Roker Report,
Come on, surely I am not the first to point this out, but former fan letters writer Charlie Hodgson says Jack Ross must ensure we take 6 points minimum from the next 2 games for the Manager to keep his job. I might be in a different ball game altogether, but isn’t 6 points the absolute maximum we could possibly hope to get in any event? It’s not April 1st is it?
Ed’s Note [Gav]: Isn’t that his point, that we either win both games or he goes?! I dunno, hopefully he reads this and clarifies with a response!