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Fan Letters: RR reader Ian wants to see Nigel Pearson replace Phil Parkinson as Sunderland boss!

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“For me, one who could grab the Sunderland manager’s job by the scruff of the neck (and possibly some of our players) would be Nigel Pearson” says RR reader Ian. Got something to say? Mail us: RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk!

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Dear Roker Report,

People keep saying: “who could be the next manager?” For me, one who could grab the Sunderland manager’s job by the scruff of the neck (and possibly some of our players) would be Nigel Pearson - he’d probably sort out Aiden McGeady.

Ian D

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Not for me. Not because I don’t think he’d do a good job, but because I want Sunderland’s next appointment to be one with our long term future in mind. Pearson’s not what I’d call a long term appointment - he’d probably get us out of this league, but then what? Bar that spell at Leicester he’s not really held down a role anywhere for longer than a year or so.

To me, if we’re going to replace Parkinson it should be with someone who has a track record for developing young players, and implementing a style of play that produces good, attractive football. I want Sunderland’s identity to be that we have a fantastic academy that is a production line for our first team. I want Sunderland to be famous for being a club where young players come to establish themselves before moving on to better things.

That’s just me, though, and I understand that other people probably think promotion at all costs is the correct path to take, but I’m just worried that if we’re stuck in that mentality, we’ll just come crashing back down from the Championship within a year, without any real plan for sustaining ourselves at a higher level.

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Dear Roker Report,

You asked the question, is anybody concerned about the FA Cup. Let me tell you that as an older supporter who has been going to watch the lads for almost 60 years, I think it does matter. I’m really annoyed that I spent my £10 to watch a team of players, most of who didn’t seem too concerned about going out of the cup. Hopefully I’m wrong.

I understand it if they are not good enough, but I think these players are. As supporters we want to see the game played with passion as well as skill - we always forgive a loss when 100% has been given.

Let’s hope we can effectively concentrate on getting out of this horrible league.

Stuart Anderson

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Like you, I was fuming about last Saturday’s performance and result. As a fan of a club who I feel has higher standards than what we displayed during that game, I was gutted that we were comfortably turned over by a terrible League Two side. Not that I think we have a chance of winning the FA Cup, but you get my point - it shouldn’t be acceptable to lose games against far inferior opposition, and we shouldn’t just shrug it off.

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Dear Roker Report,

There are no words that can describe what SD has allowed to happen to OUR club.

It’s all been said. To call him a chancer is a compliment, he is a low life that has all but destroyed our once great club. He hides in Oxford keeping well clear and is saying nothing apart from periodic BS about how the sale of the club is progressing.

There is only one way this is going to end.

Sam Lucas

Ed’s Note [Gav]: The news that emanated from the club on Wednesday evening indicated that either an ownership change is close, or that they wanted to avoid scrutiny. Whilst I’m personally on the fence about it all, I don’t feel like confrontation is something that would particularly bother Jim Rodwell. So, like everyone else I’m sat hoping that this means Donald is close to packing up, and that better times are around the corner.