SD on talksport podcast

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  1. 6inarow

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    Just listened to it. I agree with your assessment. He does not want to sell and I think would stay if the fanzines asked him to. Interesting bit about asking the Americans for more money if we went up. Also said Charlie wants to stay. I would not be against them staying but some cash would need to be spent on the team if we don’t go up this year (COVID pending of course).
     
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    WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS:Donald's open letter to fans

    I would like to start by sending my best wishes to everyone associated with our club. This awful pandemic has had an incredibly challenging impact on all of our lives, but together, we will come through it.

    At the club, that impact is being felt by management, players, staff and supporters alike. Our priority remains the health and welfare of all associated with Sunderland AFC. We are continuing to work hard behind the scenes, with a focus on trying to reduce the financial impact and ensure jobs remain secure. We are also looking at many different ways to support the wider community.

    On Tuesday, we announced that our players and backroom staff had been furloughed. They join a number of other members of our non-playing staff, who we had already furloughed, in using the Governments’ Job Retention Scheme. We believe it is the best course of action for the club at this time. We will also continue to look at the suitability of all options being made available to businesses during this unprecedented period. We are not alone in this process, and this is an extremely challenging time for every club outside the Premier League. We wish them all the best of luck.

    It is no secret that our non-playing staff have been through an incredible amount over the last few years. Despite countless redundancies and minimal job security, they have worked tirelessly for the good of the club and each other. They have made a huge difference in turning around the club’s finances, so it is only right that we have taken the decision to ensure all staff affected by the furlough process will receive full pay. Their hard work, dedication and understanding continues to drive the club forward.

    Likewise, our players have also been through a lot. Promotion was our aim last year and we ultimately fell short, but they gave everything. Last season’s heartbreak has only strengthened their desire to bring success to our club. Had they been on the wages of years gone by, it would have been right of me to ask them to contribute, but they are not. They will also be affected by the pandemic. We had two unbudgeted Wembley appearances last season and we will use these funds to ensure that like their colleagues, they do not suffer at this time.

    I hope our fans can see that the conclusions we have drawn are fair and in line with where our club finds itself today. These decisions have all been made with the best intentions.

    As we continue to support our fans, we are looking into what we can do to help the wider community, while also ensuring that the club can meet all its obligations despite the absence of football. If this awful virus and lockdown persists, we are well placed financially, but we will continue to evaluate all options to ensure the club remains in the strongest position possible.

    We look forward to games resuming when it is safe and appropriate to do so, but for now, we have delayed our season card deadlines. This cashflow impact can be absorbed and we will review the deadlines set as time progresses.

    I would like to conclude by thanking everyone for their understanding and support in these unprecedented times.

    I look forward to the day I can welcome you all back to the Stadium of Light, but for now, remember to follow government advice and support each other.

    Together, we will come through this.

    Stewart Donald
    https://www.safc.com/news/club-news/2020/april/stewart-donald-s-open-letter-to-fans

     
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    That's a bold statement.
     
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    Exactly. Doing the same in The Chronicle

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/spo...art-donald-gives-sunderland-takeover-18068238

    He’s riding the wave of sympathy after STID 2 which imo portrayed him in a very kind light.

    If he was as good at running a football club as he is at amateur dramatics I’d have no complaints.
     
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    It really winds me up every time I read that the all of the fans turned on the owner, it was the fanzines and they don't speak for the majority of the fans...certainly not for me. Genuinely believe he cares about the club and I'm more than happy for him to stay on...we would have gone bust without him.

    My only gripe is that he didn't put up a fight when the ridiculous joint statement was released.
     
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    I wouldn't be against him staying, but only if there's further investment coming in, and the recruitment side needs changing. There's where I think we've failed on the football side, poor recruitment, scouting etc.
     
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    I know right.



    No italics or underline anywhere
     
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    I know you're not supposed to laugh at your own jokes but I had a couple of chuckles over that gag.
     
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    Are you happy with the lowest position in the history of our club?
     
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    Who else can laugh at them at the minute? You’re on your own. Laugh away way man
     
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    Is that the owners fault? Surely it’s a collective. Everyone said we had the best squad last season. The owner got us that squad. Or do you, like many others, think he should’ve invested a lot more? Love how those people spend the club’s/owners money as it’s an easy job when it’s not yours
     
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    Common sense and understanding seem to be lacking with the i want it now brigade.

    Sure, i want us to be successful but i'd rather us do it the right way and if that means a few more seasons establishing a solid platform, i'll accept that.
     
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    I wouldn’t be against him staying as a director but would want new leadership of the club and other than first team who I’d say on balance deserve more time we need a new leader on football operations.
     
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    H&J just said hes coming on again for a chat this afternoon

    ...It was actually Craig Hope from the Mail talking about him, reckons like most of us that SD has laid the seed in his podcast that hes stopping on for the long haul
     
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