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Fan Letters: “This is the most united Sunderland supporters have been!”

Roker Report reader Alan is calling for a renewed campaign to get Stewart Donald to sell Sunderland AFC. Got something to say? Email us:!

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Dear Roker Report,

I wrote a few moths ago saying I was concerned about the club’s future, and within that time we’ve received 5 club statements and lost 2 academy players. I think that concern was more than justified.

I now write asking for the fanzines, Roker Report, Wise Men Say, RAWA and ALS, to become the voice of the fans once again. On December 27th the fan groups united to create #DonaldOut. As good as it was and we got some way closer to where we wanted to be, more needs to be done. Now I believe we need to join together again, but not as fanzines, but as a fan base once more as to get Stewart Donald out of OUR club.

I know the fan groups may be against the idea of this due to some backlash from supporters. However, since that statement last year I personally believe this is the most united supporters have been over these last few months in the hope Mr Donald sells up. Therefore, i don’t think there will be much or better yet any backlash from supporters.

I’ve seen a few people say a letter to the local MP, like Newcastle did. While people may say it’s a joke for our club if it gets public press then it will be a start. People need to know the mess and risk our club is in.

Another suggestion could be write to the EFL. While, I’m not sure what may come or if they would listen we wouldn’t know unless we try. Again, if it got Mr Donald out then its a success.

These are just a few ideas and I’m sure if all the fanzines had a meeting on ideas they would come up with something good and very well planned out to get the message across.

Like thousands of fans I hope the fanzines get together and come up with some new ways to get to Stewart Donald and show him he is NOT wanted here anymore. Something more than a hashtag. A way where he will see how unwated he is here because there’s one thing we’ve learned from Mr Donald - he likes to be liked.

Thank you,


Ed’s Note [Rich]: Nice to hear from you again Alan. We’re certainly at the lowest point in our history and we’ve all had enough, haven’t we? When the fanzine’s joined Red & White Army in issuing the statement on 27th December it was because they could see the writing on the wall for the club, and they could see the risk to our future.

I was initially sceptical of the #DonaldOut campaign because of a lack of an alternative plan or potential new owner in sight, but it has won me and many other doubters over. Fans are now united behind it.

The owners know they’re not wanted.

We’ll continue to voice our objections to the antics coming out from the club and scrutinise the progress of the sale of the club. But I believe our focus as fans should be on the formation of a new Supporters’ Trust. Involving the local MPs in the Trust would be a fantastic idea; Ian Murray MP was central to the rescue of Hearts. For me, any new campaign to rid the club of Donald, Methven and Sartori would have more weight if it came from a democratic membership organisation rather than the fan media outlets.

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