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Fan Letters: “On what planet would our data driven owners consider Michael Beale as coach?”

RR reader Stephen can’t believe that Sunderland are about to appoint Michael Beale as Head Coach. Got something to say? Email us:

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Dear Roker Report,

On what planet would our data driven owners consider Michael Beale as coach of SAFC?

His record at Rangers was abysmal, his man management skills apparently worse than that.

Leaked stories like this are poor attempts at journalistic sensationalism scoops. I’m waiting for the first mention of big Sam’s return!

Stephen Jameson

Ed’s Note [Gav]: From what we gather, the players have already been informed of Beale’s appointment and he’ll be at the game today. I guess he gave a very good interview — now he’s got to prove his worth. He won’t get much of a honeymoon period as it seems most fans have already made up their minds on him, but my view is that I don’t really care too much about what they’ve done elsewhere and he gets a clean slate. He wouldn’t have even been on my list of names to potentially replace Tony Mowbray, and the comments we’re hearing from QPR and Glasgow Rangers fans are concerning, but I’m fairly open minded to it. Whether I or anyone else cares the owner is going to do whatever he wants and it’s those decisions that he’ll ultimately be judged on.

I’m interested to hear what Speakman and KLD have to say when it’s officially announced!

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Dear Roker Report,

Another ticketing shambles is unfolding ahead of the much anticipated Wear-Tyne derby in January.

Whilst I understand the need to accommodate more away fans largely due to FA cup rules, making North Stand Season ticket holders wait until phase 2 is a slap in the face.

Not only are these fans being ousted from their usual spots, the fact they have to wait means it will be difficult for regular match-attending families to get seated together and a more limited choice of alternative seating.

Add on top of that the shambles that is ticket master which never has and never will take into consideration adults and children needing to be sat together.

I feel let down by the lack of customer service from the club and will be demanding to move my seat to another part of the ground permanently to avoid a repeat of this shambles happening again.

The location of away supporters needs to be fully sorted out ahead of next season as year on year on year it’s beyond a joke.

It’s high time the club sorted out its customer relations and stop taking the loyalty of fans for granted.

Ken Tuck

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Obviously we know very little details about how this arrangement came to be, and I doubt we ever will get the full details, but one of the most disappointing things about all of this is that a massive decision has been taken which directly impacts our fans — and there were no supporter groups involved in the consultation process. We have Red & White Army, the BLC and the Senior Supporters Group and I think all of them should have been allowed an input. The fact fans weren’t involved speaks volumes. I’m inclined to think that this is a financial decision and that not only are Newcastle footing the majority of the policing bill (which for this will be huge), but we’re also getting a kickback for being compliant. Just a hunch, but it has to have been made worthwhile for us.

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Dear Roker Report,

The numerous rumours floating around about a new manager are becoming stupid.

Where do these people (mainly journalists) get their information from, or do they make up stories to sell their lies?

The prospective Will Still is staying with his current team, and who is Kieron McKenna?

In my opinion we should keep Mike Dodds until the end of the season, if not permanently. He is aware how Sunderland play and knows his team, whereas a new guy coming in at this important stage not knowing the players could upset the whole structure.

We have had a lot of misfit managers in the past 10 years, none of them lasting two years, so why is change a good thing?

Happy Christmas to all - let’s see if we can go higher.

Bill Calvert


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