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Roker Report Feb 16, 2018
Fan Letters: Sunderland’s survival depends upon the fans getting behind the players and manager!

Fan Letters: Sunderland’s survival depends upon the fans getting behind the players and manager!

“It’s our duty as supporters to turn up and ensure that we do our absolute best to be with the players every step of the way”, says Roker Report reader Simon Williams. Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@yahoo.co.uk - we’ll include your message in the next edition. Dear Roker Report, Regardless of what we think of Ellis Short, Martin Bain, any number of the players, the pink seats, the over-priced pies, the queues and congestion on the concourses, people smoking in the toilets or whatever else annoys us on a matchday, we have to put all of our hatred aside and get behind...
Roker Report Feb 16, 2018
Brentford manager Dean Smith digs at Sunderland supporters in fiery pre-match press conference

Brentford manager Dean Smith digs at Sunderland supporters in fiery pre-match press conference

Brentford manager Dean Smith offered up some bizarre comments on the mentality of Sunderland supporters in his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game. Brentford manager Dean Smith came out swinging in his pre-match press conference today, believing his side can capitalise on Sunderland’s recent and well documented struggles at the Stadium of Light when his side visit Wearside tomorrow afternoon. Chris Coleman's men come into the fixture sitting in 23rd place having won just five league games all season - the fewest of any Championship side. Brentford are enjoying a decent...
Roker Report Feb 16, 2018
Mackem in Milan: Fans of Serie A giants AC Milan “love” Sunderland’s hard-working Fabio Borini

Mackem in Milan: Fans of Serie A giants AC Milan “love” Sunderland’s hard-working Fabio Borini

We catch up with our friends in Italy to provide some insight on how Sunderland’s £10m-man Fabio Borini is performing whilst out on loan at Serie A giants AC Milan. On-loan Sunderland attacker Fabio Borini got his second goal inside five days yesterday evening having tucked one away in AC Milan’s Europa League tie with Bulgarian champions PFC Ludogorets. The man signed from Liverpool in 2015 has struggled for playing time since Gennaro Gattuso was named as manager of the Rossoneri in late November, but will have done plenty to impress his boss having broken his goalscoring drought in...
Roker Report Feb 16, 2018
STARTING XI: Is this the team that Chris Coleman will pick when Sunderland face Brentford?

STARTING XI: Is this the team that Chris Coleman will pick when Sunderland face Brentford?

It looks like Sunderland could shift to a more traditional formation on Saturday against Brentford. Are these the eleven players that will take to the field in red and white? Goalkeeper: Lee Camp Continuing between the sticks this weekend will undoubtedly be Cardiff City loanee Lee Camp who, unless he’s injured, is certain to start each and every game from now until the end of the season. The former Rotherham stopper hasn’t enjoyed the best of starts since arriving here, conceding five goals across the two games that he’s played in so far, but can’t really accused of being at fault...
Roker Report Feb 15, 2018
Lee Cattermole ‘will play a vital role’ at Sunderland; another career renaissance in the offing?

Lee Cattermole ‘will play a vital role’ at Sunderland; another career renaissance in the offing?

Hard-man midfielder Lee Cattermole today spoke with the Daily Mirror about his rollercoaster career on Wearside, providing a timely reminder of just how important he could prove to be between now and the end of the season. Even despite the obvious and glaring decline in his footballing abilities, the majority of Sunderland supporters have a lot of time for Lee Cattermole. He's been a servant of the club for nearly ten seasons now, and there's always been a sense amongst fans that he truly understands what it means to represent Sunderland - especially given his North East roots. The former...
Roker Report Feb 15, 2018
Sunderland attacker Wahbi Khazri is earning rave reviews in France; should we have kept him?

Sunderland attacker Wahbi Khazri is earning rave reviews in France; should we have kept him?

Out-on-loan Sunderland playmaker Wahbi Khazri is earning rave reviews for his performances in France. Should more have been done in order to keep him at the club? Attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri continues to receive rave reviews from multiple French media outlets due to standout performances in Ligue 1 whilst out on loan at Rennes. The Tunisia international started out the season with Sunderland when Simon Grayson was manager, but on deadline day in the summer he left having barely featured in the Championship. Since arriving back in France the former Bordeaux man has impressed mightily...
Roker Report Feb 15, 2018
Caulkin criticises Short’s “catastrophic ownership” of Sunderland in damning piece for the Times

Caulkin criticises Short’s “catastrophic ownership” of Sunderland in damning piece for the Times

The national press are finally starting to recognise Sunderland’s perilous position and the unforgivable mismanagement that has thrust us into what feels like an eternity of relegation battles - could this cause positive change? It’s been noted by many fans that the national media simply haven’t given Sunderland’s demise the coverage it so rightly deserves. Years of mismanagement, wasteful spending, a revolving door of managers and players, botched recruitment and business strategies, embarrassing cover-ups and absent ownership have taken their toll, yet Sunderland have somehow...
Roker Report Feb 15, 2018
Roker Rapport Podcast Xtra: Brentford (H) Preview Show!

Roker Rapport Podcast Xtra: Brentford (H) Preview Show!

We’re back! You can catch an extra show every week as we preview the upcoming game with an opposition supporter - today we’re joined by Billy the Bee from the Beesotted Podcast! LISTEN IN - you can hear this week’s show on iTunes, Acast and Youtube. What are we talking about this week? The coming meeting between the two sides at the SOL; Brentford’s recent form; Who are the players to watch this Saturday? The scouting techniques that seem to be working well for the Bees; Aiden McGeady’s caused Brentford problems in the past; Can he do so again? Thoughts from both sides on...
Roker Report Feb 15, 2018
Saturday’s Brentford clash will be a make or break moment in Sunderland’s season; and here’s why

Saturday’s Brentford clash will be a make or break moment in Sunderland’s season; and here’s why

Whether it’s just about believing in survival or fearing the worst, the result of Saturday’s game will certainly let us know just how much mental strength this squad has and whether or not we’re just going round in circles. It’s my favourite time of the month; that time that usually comes around once every four weeks - Sunderland have just done something positive for the first time in a while and we’re wondering if we’ve finally turned a corner. What usually follows is the team reverting to type, plodding along for a few games, before reigniting the hope. The problem is,...
Roker Report Feb 14, 2018
Chris Coleman gives biggest hint yet about his Sunderland team selection for Saturday’s game

Chris Coleman gives biggest hint yet about his Sunderland team selection for Saturday’s game

Chris Coleman has given a massive hint towards what system and players Sunderland will play when we face Brentford on Saturday. Much of the discussion amongst Sunderland supporters since our draw with Bristol City has been around the type of team and system that Chris Coleman will select when we face of with 10th-placed Brentford this coming weekend. There have been calls for the former Wales boss to go back to a more traditional system that employs a back four as opposed to a back five, with it clear to many observers that the system we’ve utilised for the majority of Coleman’s tenure...
Roker Report Feb 14, 2018
Reports: Loaned-out Sunderland midfielder turned down French club before they signed M’Vila

Reports: Loaned-out Sunderland midfielder turned down French club before they signed M’Vila

News outlets in France have reported that Didier Ndong turned down a move from Sunderland to St Etienne in January - and, as a result, the French club settled on former Black Cat Yann M’Vila instead. According to reports out in France, Gabon international Didier Ndong turned down a move to Ligue 1 side St Etienne in January before he opted to sign instead for Watford. The decision, by all accounts, came down to money and the fact that the French club would not have been able to match the terms of the contract that Ndong had agreed with Sunderland when he arrived as our club-record signing...
Roker Report Feb 14, 2018
Former Sunderland striker available on a free; would you take him back on a short-term deal?

Former Sunderland striker available on a free; would you take him back on a short-term deal?

Ex-Sunderland centre forward Victor Anichebe is available on a free transfer and has been linked with a move to the Championship. Would you take him back on a short-term basis? Former Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe has been linked with return to football with Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers, according to reports in the Birmingham Mail. The 29-year-old is out of contract after a short stint with Beijing Enterprises of the Chinese Super League, but is now available on a free transfer having had his contract torn up last month. Former Sunderland target Gary Madine earned himself a...
Roker Report Feb 14, 2018
THREE questions for the club that this Sunderland supporter would like to know the answers to

THREE questions for the club that this Sunderland supporter would like to know the answers to

Three key questions that this Sunderland supporter would like to ask in order to find out the harsh, undiluted truth. “If we are relegated, will Chris Coleman stay?” Anyone who has read any of my previous articles that have mentioned Coleman will know my man-crush on him both disturbs my wife and myself in equal measure. So from that standpoint it’s very clear to estimate my position on the matter. As much as I detest the idea of back to back relegation, our only consistent position this season has been our inconsistency. I can’t get carried away with a rousing win or storming...
Roker Report Feb 13, 2018
ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland’s Bristanbul turnaround brings back memories of West Brom in 1998!

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland’s Bristanbul turnaround brings back memories of West Brom in 1998!

We don’t often come back from the dead, but when we do it’s fairly memorable. Could we be sat in six month’s time reminiscing Saturday’s result at Ashton Gate as a turning point in our season? When we were 3-0 down at half-time on Saturday I was ready to throw in the towel. I had previously thought we could escape from the mess we’d got ourselves into, but at half-time, with that scoreline coming through, I thought, “well that’s it, we’re definitely down now. They’ll probably scored a couple more, making it another demoralising defeat for a team who just choose to accept...
Roker Report Feb 13, 2018
Cans & Megabus #13: Bristol City - And that’s why you never leave early, Sunderland fans

Cans & Megabus #13: Bristol City - And that’s why you never leave early, Sunderland fans

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. GET IN YOU ABSOLUTE MUGS. WHERE’S YOUR FUNNY GIFS NOW EH LADS?! YER HAVING THAT MATE YER HAVING THAT MATE. CAN’T PUT AWAY THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE LADS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAVE THAT JOHNSON. TRYING TO PLAY FOOTBALL IN THE RIGHT WAY WERE YER? TRYING TO SCORE SOME MORE GOALS WERE YER?! In the almost thirty years that I have graced this planet, my father has handed down a series of principles to live my life by - you know, those treasured pieces of wisdom passed on from father to son, generation to generation, a wise head to youthful exuberance. You know...
Roker Report Feb 13, 2018
Are there lessons that Sunderland could learn from the innovative Graham Potter & Östersunds FK?

Are there lessons that Sunderland could learn from the innovative Graham Potter & Östersunds FK?

Could Sunderland learn a thing or two from Potter and Östersunds FK’s bizarre approach to football? Like every other football fan, I consume all sorts of footballing content over the course of a week. Podcasts, for example, are a god-send as I can’t stand the radio. I mean, you can listen to the radio for a couple of hours and the same song has been on two, maybe three times... perhaps I’m just morphing into a cantankerous old bastard, but I just can’t stand the monotonous repetition of it. Social media (Twitter in particular) is also an absolute gold-mine in terms of turning up...
Roker Report Feb 13, 2018
Ten pts from the next 5 games; is this the amount Sunderland need to help stave off relegation?

Ten pts from the next 5 games; is this the amount Sunderland need to help stave off relegation?

Sunderland still have a number of games left to play in order to ward off the threat of relegation, but our next five are massively important. Are ten points from those fixtures an acceptable haul? Sunderland AFC announced yesterday that tickets are on sale for the next three home games against Brentford, Boro and Villa. Those fixtures will take us three weeks hence, and during that time we also visit Bolton and Millwall. As each game approaches we will, of course, do our usual Roker Report previews and predictions, but standing here today, after a battling draw at Bristol City, what do we...
Roker Report Feb 13, 2018
TRANSFERS: Sunderland linked with soon-to-be out of contract Wigan defender; but is he any good?

TRANSFERS: Sunderland linked with soon-to-be out of contract Wigan defender; but is he any good?

Reports in the press over the weekend have linked Sunderland with a League One defender who is soon to be out of contract. Who is he, and is he any good? According to a story that appeared in the Sun over the weekend, Sunderland are one of three clubs that have registered an interest in 24-year old Wigan defender Donervon Daniels. The former West Bromwich Albion man is out of contract in the summer, and according to the report his availability has alerted a number of clubs who are keen on securing his signature. Daniels spent the early part of the season out on loan at Rochdale in a bid to...
Roker Report Feb 12, 2018
Roker Rapport Podcast: Episode #60; Post-Bristol City chatter with Cultaholic’s Jack the Jobber!

Roker Rapport Podcast: Episode #60; Post-Bristol City chatter with Cultaholic’s Jack the Jobber!

What better way than to break down Sunderland’s redemption story on Saturday than to make terrible wrestling puns?! We’re joined this week by Youtube & Wrestling personality Jack the Jobber. LISTEN IN - you can hear this week’s show on iTunes, Acast and Youtube. What are we talking about on this episode? The mental result on Saturday at Bristol City; Individual performances, both positive and negative; Changing formation (again) - surely it’s about time?! Looking ahead to Brentford; We answer your Twitter questions; WRESTLING! All this and much, much more. It’s honey for the...
Roker Report Feb 12, 2018
WATCH: Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini get on the scoresheet for their loan clubs

WATCH: Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini get on the scoresheet for their loan clubs

Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini continue to shine whilst out on loan, with the pair both scoring in impressive victories for their respective clubs at the weekend. Another goal from Wahbi Khazri propelled Rennes to a 2-0 win away to Olympique Lyonnais as the former Bordeaux attacker continues to shine in the French top-flight. The Tunisian made the most of a defensive blunder by Marcelo to beat Anthony Lopes from close range to put the visitors ahead on six minutes. Playing as the main central attacking midfielder, Khazri turned in a stellar performance, achieving an impressive 70% passing...