Each and every month BBC Newcastle's Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes brings you his views and opinions right here on RokerReport.com - don't miss it!
"These are exciting times. It’s also great to have another Bennett(e) on board… is this the mark of another new era at Sunderland AFC?" - match commentator Nick Barnes is back, having his say on Roker Report!
Clive Tyldesley’s recent appearance on the RR Podcast inspired Nick Barnes to tell his own story in this month’s blog - just how does he put together his Sunderland matchbooks?!
The fun and games are about to get underway once again and BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator gives us a rundown of how we’re looking ahead of the new season.
What’s it like having to interview the Sunderland gaffer in front of a crowd after games? Let Nick Barnes tell you...
"Stop acting like the Wizard of Oz fearing someone is about to pull back the curtain" says BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator, who has some choice words for those running the club.
"You may be able to tell I’m in a positive mood. I honestly see few reasons not to be!" writes BBC’s Sunderland Match Commentator Nick Barnes, who is optimistic about the month ahead for Sunderland!
"It is easy to call for Lee Johnson’s head, but we must also remember we bought into the plan and applauded the succession of youth" writes BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes.
"This football club is back on track and it is big enough and proud enough to stand alone and carve its own niche in the football firmament", says BBC Radio Newcastle’s SAFC match commentator, Nick Barnes.
"The club is on the up. The mood is good. It’s been a long time coming but now it is good, let’s build for a brighter future" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.
"It won’t happen overnight, but there are some blossoming signs, even if there are still areas of concern. However, with a club the size of Sunderland, that is unavoidable", writes BBC Newcastle’s SAFC match commentator Nick Barnes.
"Before the Peterborough the match I was boundless in my optimism, and although it may fly in the face of the current mood, I still am" writes BBC’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes in his latest Roker Report blog.
"The team is thriving and Dreyfus, with an honest well-meaning letter to the fans, has reinvigorated the club with an air of quiet confidence" writes BBC’s Sunderland AFC match commentator, Nick Barnes.
BBC Radio Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes hasn’t had a Boxing Day off in almost three decades, but, with the pandemic threatening the future of the EFL once again, it’s not something he’s celebrating.
In his latest blog for Roker Report, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes discusses the beginning of a strange season, Sunderland’s decent start and the questions fans demanded he ask manager Phil Parkinson!
In his latest Roker Report blog, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes ponders the situation Sunderland find themselves in with their strikers, and whether Phil Parkinson will experiment with his forward line in a bid to win promotion.
"With the improved fitness levels and the lack of Trophy involvement (which may yet hamper Portsmouth) I don’t expect to see Sunderland fall away as they did last season" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.
"What is more important is to take the long view, and I believe the time is right for change if Sunderland AFC is to prosper and compete where it belongs" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes, stating his case for why he believes the current owners need to sell up.
I can’t remember a time in all the twenty-seven years I’ve been a commentator, at any club, when I’ve felt such a disconnect between the supporters, the club and the manager as there seems to be at the moment.
"Sunderland’s supporters just want their football club back - back where it belongs, but at the moment wanting it back and getting it back seem to be two very separate longings" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.
"The club can play its part in changing the mood and the mind-set, but for that it needs strong leadership and the manager, whoever it may be, needs someone who can take those pressures off their shoulders" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes in his latest monthly Roker Report blog.
"Not for one minute am I saying we don’t play with McGeady. Far from it. What I am saying is that Sunderland need to use him more intelligently" writes BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes.
"I cannot see why Sunderland should fail to build on last season", says BBC Radio Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes, who believes that there’s plenty to be positive about ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
"Jack Ross should be applauded for taking a team to the brink of promotion despite the adversities the club has faced since he arrived" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.
After criticisms of Jack Ross coincided with a minor fan ‘altercation’ at Kings Cross station with the Sunderland manager, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes feels compelled to defend him and offer up a common sense explanation of just how good a job he’s doing in charge.
"Jack Ross was strident before the Barnsley match that Sunderland are a good team and, when they play well, are the best in the division. Now the time has come to deliver on that assertion", writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.
Barnesy’s Blog: Sunderland’s football won’t always be pretty, but stick with Jack Ross - he’s the man
BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes is back with his latest Roker Report column - and he’s reflecting on comments made about Sunderland’s ‘reserved’ style which, while not always pretty, is still getting us results.
Jack Ross’ exemplary handling of the circus of a Checkatrade Trophy tie shows another side to an ever-improving and pragmatic manager.
In the latest edition of Barnesy’s Blog, Roker Report columnist Nick Barnes talks extensively about Max Power and why people must get behind him as he attempts to kick-start his Sunderland career following a very tough period.
It’s been almost six months now since the new owners took over at Sunderland and, as Roker Report columnist Nick Barnes explains, they’ve undoubtedly been nothing short of a success during their short reign so far.
Jack Ross’ Sunderland side have looked good so far in League One, but not so impressive where we can say comfortably that perfection is close. We mustn’t panic, though - this season is going to be a long one.
BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes looks deep into why League One is so bloody brilliant, and why it can offer a club like Sunderland the chance to rebuild its character ahead of an eventual return back to a higher level.
An overwhelming majority of those associated with Sunderland AFC can’t wait for the new season to start - and renowned BBC Newcastle commentator Nick Barnes is no exception! Here, in his first blog for RokerReport.com, Nick looks ahead to what is sure to be an exciting campaign.