Letters, Monday, July 15, 2013

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Amazing times are ahead for SAFC

SAFC’S summer transfer transactions in 2013 are like nothing seen before in the lifetime of the current generation of Sunderland supporters.

 Full credit to Ellis Short and the board for having the guts to sack the hapless O’Neill (who most fans were happy with, but who, ultimately, let us down badly) and for appointing Paolo Di Canio against a misplaced maelstrom of criticism.

 And full credit to Paolo Di Canio, for initially saving us from relegation last season, and immediately instilling a far more professional work ethic and attitude at the club, and for subsequently allegedly spending the whole close season working on his promised revolution that is now clearly bearing fruit.

 The calibre of player brought in to date has seen a sea change in terms of quality, and the speed at which they have arrived suggests a new found professionalism and a heightening of ambition.

 For some time now, everything has been in place for Sunderland to at least compete in the top half of the Premiership – loyal supporters, world-class ground and training facilities, and a healthy behind-the-scenes set-up at boardroom level and beyond.  

 One thing has been lacking – the most important thing – the team on the pitch. Three of the four sides, who competed in last season’s major cup finals, were Bradford City, League Cup winners Swansea and FA Cup winners Wigan.

 Surely, we should be competing for the domestic cups at the very least? Di Canio immediately noted our cup exits to average Championship opposition (Middlesbrough and Bolton) last season under O’Neill and will see them as a lucrative starting point for success and entry into European competition. It seems that the focal point of any football club – the quality of the first team – is now being addressed in dramatic and exciting style. All supporters who can afford to do so should be buying a season ticket as the club cannot be doing any more on their part.

 It looks like the magic carpet will be heading in an upward trajectory during the 2013-14. Stunning times for the supporters. We hoped for improvement, but what is happening is amazing.

Tom Lynn,

Sunderland.

Do something for kids this summer

WHAT is Sunderland Council doing to help the children on their six weeks’ holiday? Nowt!

 Oh sorry, the Air Show, same thing every year. Big deal. Mind you, it’s free, so who pays for the bus fares and ice-cream and whatever? At least we had Seaburn camp. The school used to take us for a couple of weeks.

 Then the women would have bus trips. By the way, the school was Moor Board, East End.

 Sunderland Council, pull your finger out. Do something to help those who cannot go abroad.

D Wheldon,

Hendon.

What a difference in our communities

HOW I agree with the Voice of Wearside (July 8) writing about the fantastic community spirit of the residents of Town End Farm, and how they did everything they could to get the play park ready in time for the community fair.

 What a different story to the people around the Herrington area, whose only concern was to stop the Hoppings fair from happening.

 Now that the Hoppings is over, I hope the woman who complained that she would not be able to sit in her garden for nine days because of the fun of the fair, is back to her undisturbed way of life and the other women who hoped the fair would be rained off is still enjoying the views from her window.

 What a difference in people, one group doing everything to help the community and the other wrapped up in their own little world.

Roker resident.