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Fan Letters: “What was the point in Sunderland signing a load of players if we don’t use them?”

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RR reader John can’t get his head around why Sunderland’s manager doesn’t start the players he signed in January, whilst Gary offers up suggestions to improve the atmosphere at home & away games. Got something to say? RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk!

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Dear Roker Report,

Can anyone explain to me why we signed loads of players from the league above that our manager doesn’t feel the need to play? What was the point in bringing them in if he won’t even change the team about when it’s clearly necessary?

John Nixon

Ed’s Note [Gav]: An entirely valid point, something I plan on writing about this week. The likes of Hume, Wyke and perhaps even Gooch look in need of a rest, and I think that after the last two results Parkinson seriously needs to think about taking them out the side.

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Dear Roker Report,

I have just read a few emails from fans saying the atmosphere is s**t at home games and I totally agree with what they are saying. We have a little corner in part of the stadium who makes some noise but for the rest of the ground you would think they were not there.

We need a young fans group similar to the Green Brigade at Celtic, 617 Squadron at Lincoln to create new songs and to be positioned at the front of the stand to start the chanting off at games, I have a few suggestions on how this can happen.

Why does the Roker Report, Love Supreme, Red & White Army and the other fans groups not come together to start a new fans group for this, and then recruit fans where there job is to think of ideas on creating an atmosphere?

Let them create a new name for that fans group like the one at Celtic or Lincoln and then raise money from crowd funding and collections at games to help them buy props, flags, banners, megaphones, scaffolding and dare I say it flares.

We also need our stewards to let the fans have fun and also the PA DJ needs to play better music before games and at half-time to pump up the crowd as well, get the TSUNAMI tune played so the fans can bounce in the stands to it just like they do at Copenhagen.

Gary Kay

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I think we can all agree that it’d be great if we had something more focused on improving atmosphere, but it has to come from within. Like-minded people have to be up for getting something going to make it work, but I agree that they’d need support. There’s already an atmosphere group within Red & White Army, so I’ll feed this email back to them and hopefully we’ll see how this progresses!