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Fan Letters: Parky must be pleased that fans can’t attend matches to watch his dour footy!

“Parky must be so pleased that fans are not allowed to attend matches to observe the humdrum brand of defence laden football he insists on serving up” says RR reader Brian. Got something to say?!

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Dear Roker Report,

I once read that Kevin Phillips father told him that it was much more effective to pass the ball into the net than trying to smash it in. Can our strikers not try this for a few games?

Rhoda Francombe

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I can’t understand some of the misses made this season by our forwards. They’ve all been guilty of it - O’Brien has had three really easy chances that he’s ballsed up to my mind... Graham managing to hit the bar when stood on the line... Grigg being 12 inches from the goal line and failing to connect... Wyke on various occasions (though, to his credit, he has scored a few).

I often wonder about Parkinson’s man management, particularly with his strikers. Does he make any of them feel wanted other than Wyke? I guess we’ll never know.

Still, there’s really no excuse for some of the misses we’ve seen.

I’m not expecting world beaters up top at this level, but c’mon...

Kevin Phillips of Sunderland is injured
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Dear Roker Report,

In my last letter to you, Gav said in reply he couldn’t see any negativity in the takeover, so I assume that he is quite happy to see Donald & Co carry on on the board making the decisions? If he thinks that I’m negative I suggest he reads Super Kev’s latest interview with Dylan Childs, where he comes to the same conclusion as I have, that nothing is going to change as long as the Three Stooges run our club.

As I said before, they have the majority on the board.

Dave Shaw

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Dave... Daaaaaaaave. I never said you were negative! “I’m struggling to find the negatives in a twenty-odd year old Billionaire buying a majority stake on our football club, but I guess time will tell - my glass is half full!”

I was merely saying that I - me personally - I am struggling to find negatives in this deal.

I can stomach reduced roles for the current owners if we see a proper plan for the future from this new owner. That is, of course, if this actually comes off.

I don’t personally believe Donald will be involved. Why would he want to be? He resigned from the club’s board and hasn’t been seen since. I can’t imagine he’s suddenly rediscovered his hunger to muck in.

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Dear Roker Report,

I have been a fan of my beloved SAFC since I went to my first game in 1968, reading lots of publications, magazines and newspapers over the years and now modern forms of communication including online social media (and of course RR) but I don’t think I have ever read so many comments from disillusioned SAFC fans during all this time!

The club seems totally devoid of leadership both at board level and on the pitch. Even if the take over goes through there is so little information we supporters have been given, it’s hard not to suspect this as yet another ‘false dawn’ for our incredible fans.

I agree with several people including yourselves, that Parky must be so pleased that fans are not allowed to attend matches to observe the humdrum brand of defence laden football he insists on serving up. It’s so sad to see our wonderful fans be put through this match after match, yet still they keep coming back for more!

My hat goes off to you and the fans doing your very best to stay positive in the hope that light will eventually return to the stadium and our hearts!

Brian Collins

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Sad times indeed Brian, but hopefully Parky will bite the bullet soon, and we can have a proper fresh start under new ownership soon enough!

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Dear Roker Report,

I have watched several matches on SAFSee this season: Bristol Rovers, Peterborough, Gillingham and MK Dons to name a few. I have not witnessed one match where we have played quality football where we thoroughly deserved to win.

We have pinched draws and stole one goal wins in lucky circumstances at times.

I nearly always end up annoyed and frustrated at the dross I am being subjected to, which in turn effects everyone I live with.

I made the decision not to watch the Doncaster game which I am so glad I did. To concede a goal seconds from full time sums up Sunderland to a tee. If I had saw that incident live I would have blew a gasket, and would probably be divorced now. I am definitely not watching the Fleetwood match in order to preserve my health, sanity and marriage.

Huge changes are needed immediately before we drop into the lower reaches of this piss-poor division.

Ann Winship

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Don’t blame you for switching off Ann! We get hundreds of tweets, emails and so on, and it’s worrying just how many fans are saying the same thing.

We play crap football, and that makes watching on streams difficult.

Parkinson is turning loyal fans off from tuning in.

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