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Roker Rapport Podcast: Taking stock at SAFC - The Simon O’Rourke Review - 2022 Edition!

Chris Wynn was joined by pub crawl extraordinaire (and ITV Tyne Tees Sports Reporter) Simon O’Rourke - to look back at what’s happened at the Stadium of Light since last we spoke in September, and ahead to a nerve-racking end to Sunderland’s 21/22 campaign in League One.  

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What’s the crack?

  • Right. Quite a bit has happened since the heady days of challenging for the automatics... Where do we begin?
  • How does Simon feel about the last few months in particular - what did he make of the spectacular collapse and the chaos that ensued?
  • What did Simon make of the signing of Jermain Defoe? Did it make any sense to him?
  • Kyril Louis-Dreyfus - does Simon feel the club should’ve done better with the PR disaster that was sharegate? What would he have preferred they do?
  • The end of Lee Johnson’s time at the club - that wasn’t the way to go about it all was it? Did he agree with the decision or does it lead to a few questions about the experience level of the people involved?
  • “To run a football club, you have to be a bit of a b**tard” - Simon gives us his idea of a professional removal/replacement process.
  • Alex Neil - What has he made of the new gaffer so far? Is it safe to say the pressers are a wee bit shorter than he became used to?
  • What does Simon think of the performances under AN? Does he like the man, and more importantly, does he think the fans/club will give him time?
  • Does Kristjaan Speakman and the rest of the hierarchy have to shoulder responsibility for what’s occurred since January 1st? Could they have done better, and can they learn from this?
  • The 21/22 League One run-in... Are we going to make it? Do we have the time? Does Alex Neil need this international break right now? WHAT DO WE DO SIMON?
  • Simon says: get promoted lads.
  • All this and much more!

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