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Fan Letters: Sunderland takeover special!

Yesterday brought the news we’ve all been waiting for, and Sunderland fans have been eager to have their say. Let us know your thoughts on the takeover and what it could mean for SAFC! Email us at

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Dear Roker Report,

Does this mean that we are now the richest club in England? And if so how and when can we buy a squad that will take us to the Premier League?

Finally, if the FFP rules are going to apply then why? Seeing as Chelsea, Man City et al were allowed to do so. Or is it the usual one rule for everyone else and one rule for SAFC.

Mick Colman

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Hold your horses Mick! We know that Dreyfus has family money, but who knows how much of that he personally has (we know there’s a sizeable trust fund) and more importantly how much he’s willing to invest in the club.

From what’s been reported, he’s not going to sink a load of money in as a quick fix – this is going to be a sensible approach that’s going to build something for long term success.

We’ll worry about Man City and Chelsea when we need to. For now, let’s worry about Burton and Fleetwood – the sooner we can get out of this division the better!

Sunderland v Doncaster Rovers - Sky Bet League One - Stadium of Light Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Images via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

Good afternoon to all of you, or should it be great afternoon! I have never been more HAPPY to be proved wrong. AT LAST it’s confirmed and the Chuckle brothers can perform elsewhere. Great result last night, hopefully more to come. Just read Donald’s comments, it reads as though they cleared the £200m debts. I don’t think any of us believe that for a moment...

Anyway, goodbye to them and a massive ALLO, ALLO to the new guys.

Onward and upward.

Allen Roberts

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Great afternoon indeed Allen, or after your Allo Allo reference, Good Moaning would be more fitting.

It’s brilliant to be able to finally have certainty over the ownership, and have some hope again. I’ve almost forgotten what that feels like!

Donald’s comments about leaving the club debt free were rather disingenuous given that’s purely down to Ellis Short. But there’s little point in worrying about them now. Let’s hope this new chapter is a lot better than the previous one!

‘Allo! ‘Allo!
Listen very carefully, I’m going to say this only once. Sunderland are minted.
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Dear Roker Report,

At last something to smile about! Back at Wembley and we have new owners.

A young owner with business sense just what the club needs after years of mismanagement.

This is the first time in years that we have the opportunity to change this club for the better. We are no mugs and not expecting to be challenging for Premier League titles in ten years.

But let’s get this club back to winning games consistently and bringing young talent through the club and progressing through the leagues back to the Premier.

We now have to give the new regime time and patience and support them all the way.

Let’s get the Wembley hoodoo out the way first and get a trophy in the cabinet – as they say success breeds success.

This great club needs a change of luck.

This is the lifeline we have been waiting for years to happen, let’s grasp it with both hands.

New start, new era, new stadium name – why not?

Here’s to success. Let’s make the club great again!

Mark Wild

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Thanks for your email Mark and I agree – time and patience are critical. At the time of writing KLD hasn’t done a press conference, so we know little about his plans directly from him. I hope he’s in it for the long term, and can realise some success. Getting back to the Championship would be a start, and if we can do that we can start looking further ahead.

We’ve seen a few false dawns before, but this time seems different to me. Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but Dreyfus’s age and background suggest he’s going to be hands on and very serious about making a success of this. Let’s hope so!

And Leicester went from division three to Premier League champions in seven years. Just saying. (Firmly tongue in cheek before anyone starts!)

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