The Sunderland fanbase has been very vocal this season with a number of individuals bearing their share of criticism, but considering their failures on and off the pitch that is only fair.
However, the opposition from some has been blamed as a cause for the Black Cats’ failures in recent weeks, with a bold claim suggesting the club could be in the Championship by now if Stewart Donald had been backed properly.
It has also been suggested that Jack Ross was hounded out of the club, but considering he was looking like taking the club backwards with the team lingering outside of the play-off places, it was right to depart with him.
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The unfortunate thing is that Phil Parkinson has proved to be a disaster with three wins in 15 games, but if someone is to blame for that it is Donald, not the fans, as these supporters point out.
Well said. They owner has been found out. His plan for a quick promotion and sale failed. He’s now stuck with a club he doesn’t want and can’t afford. Administration beckons
— General Mayhem (@Tony_young78) December 31, 2019
If he’d backed Ross properly then we’d most likely be in the championship.
— LIAM GUSTARD (@liam_yasmin) December 30, 2019
I was a supporter of Ross, didn’t want him sacked. I believed it was short sighted. Donald didn’t back JR. He made it harder for him by not being honest. Fans may have responded differently knowing no scouts and no real footballing structure. If your not honest people lose faith.
— Carzie (@Carzie143) December 31, 2019
Jesus, once again it’s the fans fault, maybe if Donald backed ross in the summer instead of selling our best players for next to nowt and replacing them with players who have either 0 or next to no quality we’d be in the championship next season, but keep blaming the fans 👍🏻
— Jamie Davison (@jamie_davison1) December 30, 2019
Speechless Donald has been conning everyone and trying to sell for over 12 months nothing has changed stop being Mr Gullable we are best rid of him he hasn’t the wealth to run a club of our size
— Tim (@safctim) December 30, 2019
If Donald had backed Ross and Ross had been more adventurous we’d have gone up last season.
The fans deserve better.
— Hummy (@eathummous1) December 30, 2019
There is clearly a lot of animosities towards the owner and the fact that it exists for several reasons means he is ultimately to blame for Sunderland’s downfall over the past few months.
From lacking honesty to not backing his managers enough in the transfer market, crucially selling Josh Maja last January for example, it is clear that he has made some bad decisions.
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What’s more, while fans have been vocal online they have backed the team in their numbers at matches, with Parkinson only saying on Sunday how key the Black Cats’ faithful were to their win against Doncaster, which is why they feel this claim is out of order.
It wasn’t the fans who sold our top striker 😂
— lea (@LPHyellowGP) December 30, 2019
Ridiculous. These people have been backed incredibly well and failed
— Forza Sunderland (@ForzaSunderland) December 30, 2019
In transfer news, Phil Parkinson has brought a former player in to train with the club and he could be a possible signing that would benefit the team.