Sunderland are going backwards and their poor form shows no signs of ending with Phil Parkinson in charge, as the Black Cats boss oversaw a 0-0 draw against bottom side Bolton on Boxing Day.
Parkinson has failed to turn the tide in Sunderland’s favour, winning two of 14 games and the same problems in defence and attack that have plagued the team for much of their time in League One seem to have continued.
He has attempted to mix up personnel and systems but without any luck, and there are now a great number of fans who are keen to see him depart.
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Whether or not that will see a solution found is a different question, but the fact that Stewart Donald is staying loyal to his man is adding to increased frustrations, and there are now some sections of the fanbase discussing whether staging a protest is the next step to take.
Some fans, in particular, have devised different ways of doing so.
Just stop going. Stop until Super Kev is back.
— Rejected Manager (@RejectedBook) December 26, 2019
Need to direct our anger towards stewart, there’s a majority can see he is taking us down, but not enough, it feels.
— #StewartDonaldGo (@safcliving123) December 26, 2019
Stay away from game
— David McKeever (@DavidMcKeever8) December 26, 2019
A plane banner politely asking Stewart Donald to sell up and leave the club… It’s plausible, would get media attention and wouldn’t require every supporter to take part.
— Jon Place 🍊 (@JonathanPlace1) December 26, 2019
The only thing to do is hit them where it hurts which is always the pocket. Not going to games and not renewing season tickets sends a message. There will be those who say it affects our ability to pay wages but for me we’ve had long term pain so a bit of short term pain is fine
— SteveA (@redjasper73) December 26, 2019
Boycott. Only way to do it.
— Joe (@ShadyBeaver_) December 26, 2019
Many of the suggestions are for fans to stop going, as that method could have the biggest direct impact on Donald himself, by disrupting the cash flow into the club.
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The £10m investment from an America consortium in November indicates that the owner isn’t blessed with a wealth of money, and that means he could struggle with the costs of the club if its income declined over the coming months.
Empty seats would also highlight the disillusion that exists amongst the fanbase and the yearning for things to change, which could make Donald more likely to depart with Parkinson.
However, there are some who are unwilling to engage in protest at this stage due to their neighbours Newcastle, as they feel their rival supporters have embarrassed themselves with their own opposition to Mike Ashley.
Get a grip your turning into mags
— Jimmy lamb (@1966jimmyLamb) December 26, 2019
We are not Newcastle United.
— Lloyd Pinder (@FloydyP73) December 26, 2019
If we get the bed sheets out are we any better then them up the road? We mocked them for years with taking shoes off as a protest to screaming at shops…..please dont resort to this. Just stop going………and when you do go keep chanting we want parky out the whole 90mins
— Andrew Walls (@Wall5y) December 26, 2019
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