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Fan Letters: Time for Sunderland’s board to act - pull your fingers out and sack this manager!

“The board should act and get rid of this pretend football manager before it will be too late to play catch up” writes RR reader Seymour, who thinks Rodwell, Sloanes, Jones & co need to pull their fingers out and get rid of Parky. Got something to say?!

Sunderland AFC

Dear Roker Report,

I have been a supporter of Sunderland since 1956 and I cannot believe how the owners of the club have allowed it to get so bad.

We have a third class team, a third class manager playing in a first class stadium, with first class supporters. The manager is the most defensive coach producing the most boring football I have ever seen at the home of Sunderland AFC.

The players are not fit, and every team we play look quicker and play better football.

The manager said his team selection for the game against MK Dons - who had not won an away game for fourteen games - was to counteract their play. What a joke - it did the opposite, and played into their hands.

The board should act and get rid of this pretend football manager before it will be too late to play catch up, because he is local league class and the poorest manager we have ever had - and we have had a lot of bad ones over the years.

Seymour Lynn

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Bang on. Your point about the Sunderland board is correct - by the way, where are they? We have two Sunderland fans sat on the board. Why is this man still in charge, and what are they doing about it? They surely cannot be happy with what they’re seeing from this manager.

Regardless of whether the takeover goes through, change needs to occur. If it doesn’t, we risk throwing this season away before it’s too late, and waiting too long to sack him, giving the new manager less time to sort this mess out.

Rodwell, Sloanes, Jones and co need to step up. This decision is in their hands. The club, we are told, is in a good financial shape - debt free, last we heard.

We can afford to sack him - DO IT.

Soccer - International Friendly - Italy v England - Juventus Stadium Getty

Dear Roker Report,

Why oh why did Phil Parkinson make a 91st minute substitution? By doing that at that particular time, it gave Donny an extra 30 seconds of play - and in that extra 30 seconds they equalised. Words fail me. I’m fed up.


Ed’s Note [Gav]: I actually think Parkinson could have killed Doncaster’s momentum by making further changes in injury time.

That aside - most of the players still on the pitch in those final few minutes were knackered. Wyke and Gooch in particular looked wrecked from around an hour in.

I can’t get my head around the way this manager thinks.

Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I forced myself to watch another game on Saturday. Nothing has changed. I said in my last post we wouldn’t get promoted. Just think, if we did somehow manage it, this pile of crap is one division from the Premier League - unbelievable.

Phil Parkinson and the players are so fortunate there are no crowds inside the SOL. The stick and abuse they would be getting would be the worst in living memory. How Parkinson is still there... he must have as many tricks up his sleeve as Donald Trump.

He makes substitutions at 82 minutes. Charlie Wyke never did a thing all game - even when throw ins were given to him, he couldn’t control it.

We will never get anywhere while reporters are giving scores of 7 to players like him. Grow some balls and give them a generous 2, including Mr Hunter.

How low must we get before changes are made?

I am in full support of all the previous letters from today.

After 56 years I’ve had enough.

Colin Husband

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I completely agree. Parkinson’s benefiting from the lack of crowds. Something has to give. Regardless of this takeover, he needs to go soon before our season is a write-off. He’s causing irreparable damage, and we’re throwing away precious points.

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Dear Roker Report,

I moved from Sunderland to preston 1979, and with my mate and his son we had season ticket for three years when we moved in to the Stadium of Light. We travelled 600 miles per month to watch our team - now, I wouldn’t go round to the local park if they were playing there, such is my disillusionment at the moment.

Keep getting bad managers and you will always have a bad team.

Stanley Talbot

Ed’s Note [Gav]: This bland, offensive-on-the-eyes brand of football is turning so many fans off from watching. £10 per game to watch Phil Parkinson’s Sunderland in League One.

You know... we are actually a big team in this league, and stand a chance of winning most games. There is simply no excuse for not playing an attractive brand of football, one that the fans can relate to; one that the players enjoy playing.

Nobody can tell me that this is all working.

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