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Fan Letters: “It is in all our interests, his included, that this appointment works out”

“Perhaps we should give him a bit of time before jumping to conclusions. It is in all our interests, his included, that this appointment works out,” says RR reader Bill Fisher. Got something to say? Email us:
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Dear Roker Report,

I’m absolutely disgusted with the club's decision today regarding tickets. I hope you can use your platform to let the club know the feelings of our loyal fans.

I received an email telling me that I would have to relocate as I hold a season ticket in the north stand with my 7-year-old son and a group of friends. I felt compelled to send an email back, which is down below:

“This is an absolute disgrace. I have been a season ticket holder for years and moving your loyal fans for away support is disgusting. This means me and my 7-year-old son will have the pick of seats that no one else wants.

I can’t stress enough how disgusted I am with this decision. I hope this email finds whoever has made this decision as a loyal fan I feel we have been shown no respect whatsoever.

Also whoever thinks it’s a good idea to allow 6k Newcastle supporters to the Sol and don’t expect all hell to break out is sadly mistaken… I for one will have to think seriously about taking my 7-year-old son to this game as I fear it won’t be safe.

I feel the club have given us loyal fans who have been through the lows over the past years no respect at all. Moving your season ticket holders for Newcastle supporters is beyond disgusting!

I look forward to a response but I will not hold my breath.”

David Waters

Sunderland v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I am not sure why there is so much resentment being shown by Sunderland supporters towards the appointment of Micheal Beale.

Perhaps the media are to blame by linking us to a few young foreign coaches who we knew little about but felt excited by the possibility of a new style of attractive attacking play. But once we accepted the fact that we were appointing a coach rather than a manager, the probability that we would have any knowledge of the new man's ability was very very small.

So in effect, whoever got the job would be an unknown quantity. Perhaps his time as a manager at QPR and then Rangers has tarnished his image but his record, as a coach at Chelsea and Liverpool appears to have been fruitful.

Perhaps we should give him a bit of time before jumping to conclusions. It is in all our interests, his included, that this appointment works out. If it doesn’t then that’s the time to shout. In the meantime let’s give him a chance.

Bill Fisher

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Yeah, I’m with you Bill. That’s my default position on it all anyways. Its up to Beale to prove people wrong, but I’ll get behind him at the start and I hope it all works out - if it does, it can only be a good thing for Sunderland.

Sunderland Unveil New Head Coach Michael Beale Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I think the jury is still out on this appointment - I suppose doubters such as me will only be won over by positive results. I only hope it’s not a case of ‘fools rush in’ - perhaps we should have taken more time in selecting a new head coach, but having said that I wish Michael and the team all the best, and hope - as the words of the song go - ‘Things Can Only Get Better’.

Anthony Catterson

Dear Roker Report,

He is not good enough to coach a team like Sunderland - wake up and find a great coach, we Sunderland back in the top league, he can not do this, waste of time and money

Malcolm Pilsley


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