Dear Roker Report,
Having supported Sunderland since 1964 and have watched every match this season, I definitely think this is the most unskilful team in our history.
Right from the top to the bottom. Do you blame the players? How often do coaches/managers turn poor players into good ones? When I watch the present squad, it is obvious that the majority are crap. Some don’t physically look like footballers and stand out straightaway as useless and have obvious lack of skill.
Who is actually picking these players?
As far as the manager goes, he does have to work with what he’s given but has shown during games, that tactically he doesn’t have a clue. When we are ahead by 1 goal he takes off Gooch, puts a defender on (Crewe game), the rest of matches he waits far too long to make changes.
Our midfield (some of them should be in a field) is so lacking creativity and pace, so we sign more of the same.
This is the situation we are in now. I dont expect promotion this season.
Ed’s Note [Rich]: Hi Colin. Just how we’ve managed to lose so many promising young players and bring in so many average journeymen is one of those constant issues that we all worry a lot about. The current team has its highlights - Gooch, Wright, Leadbitter and Hume have all impressed me this season - but there’s a lot of average footballers in our squad, and we really need a massive rethink if and when this takeover happens.
Dear Roker Report,
Following on from Danny Graham’s recent outburst about drunken behavior. This man (a striker?) has made 51 appearances and scored 2 goals. It might be better if he was drunk during matches, his record could hardly be any worse. His record is only slightly better than Mart Poom and he was a goalkeeper!
Ed’s Note [Rich]: Thanks for the letter, Robin. Whilst most of us like a drink, some people really struggle with alcohol, and I’m a firm believer in the old biblical maxim: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.