Dear Roker Report,
Stewart Donald/Jim Rodwell.
Do the decent thing and bring back the legend that is Lee Cattermole.
You dropped a bollock by letting/forcing him out in the first place.
Do some Good and bring him back.
Max Power and George Dobson are not good enough, have no leadership qualities or no bite.
Bring Lee Cattermole back ASAP.
Ed’s Note [Tom]: Hi Rob, I do think the Sunderland midfield lost a lot of its bite when both Cattermole and Honeyman left last summer - it certainly wasn’t replaced by incoming signings. This summer there will be a lot of work to be done in order to rebuild a side that could lose a lot of players through expiring contracts. Could Cattermole come back on a reduced deal? Stranger things have happened.
Dear Roker Report,
Your appraisal of the manager is spot on, particularly the conclusion he’s nothing short of a disaster. However, how can he be blamed? He was sought out by our owner and offered a job at by far and away the best set up and supported club in League One. We have to accept he does his best and gives it 100% and we all know this is not good enough for our club. When I employ a site manager, I interview him, go through his cv and make the decision. If he turns out to be useless, how can I blame that man? It’s my misjudgement and 100% my fault, just as this appointment was another disaster of a decision our owners have made. Not fair to berate PP.
Ed’s Note [Tom]: Hi Sam, thanks for writing in - I hope you’re safe and well. I agree that the club’s hierarchy are the root cause of a lot of our issues; I think a lack of direction, purpose, and long-term planning have hindered our chances of finding success. The appointment of PP is an interesting example of this. Changing from Ross to Parkinson mid-season was always huge gamble as the styles of play employed by both men were seemingly very different. I imagine, though, that Parkinson will be given the summer to overhaul the squad and have another crack at the league. Will it prove to be a good decision? We can but hope!