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Fan Letters: The Donald In v Donald Out debate rumbles on amongst Sunderland supporters

Are you Donald In, or Donald Out? Sunderland fans debate the topic once again after watching the club’s owner on the latest series of ‘Sunderland Til I Die’. Got something to say?!

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Dear Roker Report,

Please could Roker Report find out off Stewart Donald if he really does want to sell the club or would he prefer to stay in charge and have one last crack at getting us promoted.

There have been a lot of harsh things said about Donald and Methven but I think watching Sunderland Til I Die shows they care about the club. Either that or they are good actors.

With what’s been happening in the world is it now time for the fans and owners to take stock and decide what they really want.

It’s all a moot point if Donald wants out anyway but should we not be trying to build bridges. Donald and Methven have no doubt been stung by the criticism they have received but it may not be too late.

I think everyone should swallow their pride and get round the table to decide what the future holds for us. I would be interested to hear what Donald wants to do really or does he feel there is no way back.

Is it time for the supporters groups and him to talk before we are sold to someone for the wrong reasons. Sometimes it’s better the devil you know.

What does everyone else think, has anyone asked Donald, or Methven how they feel now.

I’d be interested in what he has to say.

Come on Roker Report ask the questions, you used to have a good relationship with him, is it not time for everyone’s ego to take a back seat and think about what’s important....SAFC

Paul Eden

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Of course he wants to sell. He cannot afford to fund this club to the level it needs in order to be competitive without investment from elsewhere - he admitted that himself on Sunderland Til I Die!

That’s the top and bottom of it, for me. He may have the best intentions and be a nice man, but do we honestly believe he’s capable of giving this club the kind of boost it will need to be competitive over both the short and long term?

The issue of course is that there are some dodgy characters out there who may well have the money, but might not have the best intentions. Hopefully Stewart does right by the club and sells to people who are serious about investing in this club’s structure. That’s what we need.

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Dear Roker Report,

Over the past few months I’ve had a divided opinion of the chairman Mr Donald, but having seen the latest STil I die 2 I’ve changed my opinion and now to be fair and honest, he is the perfect man for the job, and having met him last year at the Bristol Rovers semi final away, please stay and follow through your promise to the club... your the man for the job and guide the club back to the big time...

Vic Blakelock

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I’m amazed people watched STID2 and came to the opinion that he’s the perfect man for the job, but each to their own I suppose.

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Dear Roker Report,

After watching series 2 of Sunderland Til I Die, I feel sorry for Stewart, I felt he came over as sincere and passionate about the club, the bits where he stood alongside the supporters at the away matches made me warm to him, he had/has a difficult job of trying to get the club back on track and where it belongs, unfortunately a portion of the fans were too quick to jump on his back as soon as we started to have a bad run of results. I don’t think it was his or Charlie’s fault that we lost Maja, it was obvious it was the agent that was controlling that, Maja wanted to stay but his agent was wanting a big fee.

I for one think we should all get behind Stewart.

John Earl

Ed’s Note [Gav]: He did indeed come across as sincere and passionate, but it irks me that people think that makes him suitable to run the club. I think whilst those are commendable traits, he lacks clarity and is too emotive. Our club has no real structure and that’s a problem. Stewart has clearly not got the money to push this club on his own, something he’s admitted himself. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve credit for turning around the business side of the club, but I can’t help but wonder why people don’t feel like we deserve better.

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