Fan Letters: Is it time to give Jordan Jones a run of games for Sunderland in the league?

Dear Roker Report,

What has Jordan Jones got to do to get a few starts?!

Every single time he comes on he looks good.

I’d start him over Gooch or O’Brien, but maybe LJ has his favourites.

Brian Curnow

Ed’s Note [Gav]: If I was going to take a stab at it, I’d say that the main reason is because he barely kicked a ball at Rangers before he came here. He was frozen out by Gerrard because of an incident where he broke COVID rules attending a party and got caught, and that meant he was well out of the plans there and didn’t play competitive games until he arrived at Sunderland. He’s been here almost a month now, and has been given minutes here and there, hopefully building up his match fitness.

I’ve been really impressed by him and I’d start him today, to be honest. I’d bring him in on the right of the three for O’Brien and take the game to Crewe, who we’re told are poor at full back due to losing a few good players.

You can see the lad’s quality though, he’s very good. He’s got raw pace and confidence on the ball – similar in some ways to McGeady I’d say. I’d like to see the pair of them given a run either side of Wyke.

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Dear Roker Report,

Well, I guess I can say this for every Sunderland fan up and down the country.


P.S. You can only work with what you have.

Linzi Dinsdale

Ed’s [Gav]: Indeed, we do want to cheer. I actually feel we’ve been bad for that long that it’s going to take a bit of adjusting once we do eventually become half decent again… but the main thing really is that the club is run in a clear manner, we all know the plan, there’s proper investment where it’s needed and we don’t scrimp and scrape to get by.

You’re right – you can only work with what you have. And we have a billionaire owner with his head screwed on right… that means we’re actually in a very good position, all of a sudden. Exciting times for us supporters, I think (hope).

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Dear Roker Report,

I’m a bit confused as to the role of Donald and co – do they still have shares in the club?

So, Dreyfus has spent 500k on the new pitch lighting system – do Donald and co need to find 25%, or are they totally out of the club?

Roger Stokell

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Yes, they still have shares in the club. All three of the Madrox partners – Donald, Methven and Sartori – have resigned from the club’s board, but they still retain stakes in the club that they can cash in at some point, presumably when we get into a higher league and their wedge becomes worth a lot more than it’s worth currently.

Dreyfus is the chairman and majority shareholder, so he has the control. If the pitch lights thing is true, then that’s just an injection of cash from the owner into the club – no strings attached.

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