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Fan Letters: “We need complete change very quickly!”

In today’s Fan Letters: James tells us we need a big name that signals big ambition; Ian calls for big change and Colin suggest we need McGeady back in the fold - do you agree? Let us know what you think... RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk!

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Dear Roker Report,

The ongoing shambles & embarrassment that our club has become continues. Parkinson needed to go due to lack of adventure, poor tactics, no faith in youth.

We are again looking for another manager, this seems to be the only guarantee each season. More chance of a new coach than promotion.

I hear lots of calls for the Cowley brothers to come in. While I accept they did well at Lincoln, this doesn’t fill me with excitement or hope. Partly because they didn’t make the step up at Huddersfield and that was with a team recently relegated from the Premier league. Of the names mentioned by the bookies, Lee Johnson seems a sensible option, Bristol City looked a solid championship side with decent cup runs too.

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Lee Johnson
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I’d like to see us be dynamic, ambitious & leftfield like when we appointed Keano. That’s why I wonder if Wayne Rooney or Freddie Ljungberg could be options. Both fantastic players, learning from top managers.

Attracting these types of names could be a stumbling block along with wages but both have been vocal in their desire to manage. Ljungberg has coaching experience from Arsenal youth and reserve set up. Rooney had such passion & work rate as a player that I can imagine a ‘Keane’ like impact.

Possibly an unexpected option could come from Dreyfus background if his planned take over goes ahead. Perhaps Marseille under-23 coach or academy director perhaps.

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Wayne Rooney
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While the season has been disappointing we are still within reach of top. No one has pulled away yet & we are within the play-off mix. So whoever comes in needs energy and to inspire the squad, and a run of 5-6 wins would give us momentum and push for promotion.

Whatever happens we need a style and identity - we should look at clubs who have flourished while we’ve fallen from grace. Clubs Like Swansea, Brentford, Southampton & Brighton. All teams who have been in League One or lower but developed the clubs from bottom up and having working models for success arguably all operating above their stations.

Let’s wait and see

James, North Wales

Ed’s Note [Chris]: Early signs are that the new owners agree with you in terms of creating an identity at the club with decision making based on data and analysis. This won’t be easy or a quick fix to implement and it might require patience from the stand.

I’d be amazed if either of the big names you have suggested would be the final appointment but Lee Johnson and the Cowley brothers do seem interesting to complement the new structure.


Dear Roker Report,

What could we expect from him? He is the head coach under Parkinson, so most of the dross was from him also.

Expect the same old negativity. We need complete change very quickly.

Ian D

Ed’s Note [Chris]: I certainly didn’t expect too much difference against Burton Albion. With only a couple of days available for preparation and Parkinson having drilled this system into them for 12 months it was always going to be same again. Let’s hope a new coach can introduce his new ideas quickly.

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Should Aiden McGeady be brought back into the Sunderland first team?
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Dear Roker Report,

I think McGeady should be brought back into the first team to win football matches.

Whatever he has done in the past let’s forget about it and give him another go.

Colin Anderson

Ed’s Note [Chris]: I’d fully expect a new coach to wipe the slate clean for the whole squad, so I’d imagine McGeady would have begun his mini pre-season as soon as Parkinson was shown the door. We all know he could be an asset if used correctly and hopefully a new coach can provide that.


Dear Roker Report,

Virtually the only times we’ve enjoyed any level of success at SAFC is when we’ve had a big character in the managers seat. Apart from Bob in 73’ the best managers in my life time have been Reidy, Keano and of course, Big Sam.

I had high hopes for Martin O’Neil and Chris Coleman, but I suspect they were both seriously hog tied by the owners So, for me, the only name on the current list has to be Nigel Pearson. Even better if SuperKev would join him. Would love to see him as assistant, and running the U23s.

Can we afford it? For me the question is ‘can we afford not to’?

I’m pretty sure the boost in revenue they would generate would far outweigh the cost of employing them. No brainer. Get them in NOW and let’s have a happy Christmas.

Steve Dryden

Ed’s Note [Chris]: I think the important thing is that we appoint a manager that fits and works within our new structure.