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Fan Letters: “We believed in you and you’ve shafted us big time”

Roker Report readers Roger Stokell and Brian Thurloway are both livid that Stewart Donald hasn’t yet sold Sunderland AFC. Email us:!

New Sunderland Owner Stewart Donald Press Conference Photo by Sunderland AFC/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

All I want to know why has this guy Yu or whatsoever his name is who wanted to buy Sunderland been knocked back by Donald? What I hear he is not fit for purpose with his previous adventures, according to Donald. Yet Donald is not fit for purpose with his assets stripping our club.

The thing that is putting people off is Donald’s demands of what he wants for saving the club and what he has underachieved, and what he demands cash wise for doing FA. Tosser, who took a chance but failed with his gobshite mates. Just F off and take the shysters with you.

We believed in you and you’ve shafted us big time.

Brian Thurloway

Ed’s Note [Rich]: We’re all feeling it, Brian, it’s hard not to get angry at the situation we find ourselves in. Stewart Donald has only ever said publicly that he will sell to someone trustworthy and capable of running the club, and I agree it’s a bit rich coming from him but, to be absolutely frank, we could have had worse owners - just look at Wigan and Bury. Sammy Yu has a long history of involvement in deals to try to buy English football clubs, without much success, and who knows why Stewart Donald has apparently turned down his bid for the club. It’s ultimately up to the EFL’s Owners & Directors test to decide whether a person is fit and proper to run a football club once a deal is done, but Wigan’s new owners passed it and put them into administration a few weeks later. So it’s down to us as fans to step up now and ensure our voices are heard in this process. The character and financial capabilities of the people who take ownership of our club next really matters, and at the minute I think many fans are in danger of jumping on the first boat that comes along.

Things might change very quickly, and we need to know a lot more about all of the parties interested in buying our club before we can make our final judgements.

Dear Roker Report,

If some active supporter could get a “Don’t Buy a Season Ticket” campaign at Sunderland going, Donald may take some action on the sale of the club.

Roger Stokell

Ed’s Note [Rich]: This kind of supporter activism can be really effective, and many fans are so sick to their back teeth of the Madrox boys I can see this kind of boycott taking hold if we don’t get some very good answers to the important questions Donald will be asked by Red & White Army and the other fan groups today.

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