Letters, Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Sacking of Paolo is a shameful act

IT was with great dismay that we heard of the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio. It’s disgraceful considering the time previous managers had been allowed – unfortunately, player power rules.  As season ticket holders for a number of years, we feel he was a breath of fresh air and has instilled more passion and pride in the club than we have seen for a very, very long time.

 We have witnessed the apathy some players demonstrated in matches prior to Paolo’s arrival – they seemed to think that turning up for the game was sufficient. They should have been ashamed to pick up their extortionate wages.

 To be sacked for trying to instil discipline, pride in the shirt and trying to make athletes out of overpaid individuals with over-inflated egos is nothing short of disgraceful.

 We would have thought more of the senior players had they held their hands up to their mistakes rather than blame the manager for his honesty.

 To call his man management skills and his criticism of players, who have actually made errors, is to deflect the attention from themselves onto the manager – man up.

 We feel that Paolo should have been given longer. He took over a team where attitude and fitness were questionable, and his tactics and style were known prior to his appointment – don’t try and distance yourself from him now.

 The way this has been handled is making us a laughing stock, with some players laughing all the way to the bank.

 Heaven help the next manager as this is a poison chalice for anyone who dares to manage a player with anything but kid gloves.

 This is the first time we have felt the need to put pen to paper, despite previous occasions when managers have not delivered.

 Good luck, Paolo, for the future and please remember that a significant number of supporters wanted you to remain as manager.

K Hill and M Milford,


Right has won war

EVERY day political arguments rage across your Letters Page.

 But the great ideological battles are all over now. The forces of the Right have won, the Left has lost the struggle.

 Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean. A lady at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral told the BBC that her father was a lifelong Communist. After he died, she discovered he had applied to buy his council house.

 This says it all, doesn’t it?

 It tells you everything about the defeat the Left has suffered.

 Individual self-interest always triumphs over Socialist ideology.

 All the major parties are right-wing now: Tories, New Labour, Coalition, Liberals. There are Irish Unionists and UKIP too.

 Lady Thatcher herself said that the greatest tribute she had been paid was the creation of Tony Blair’s New Labour.

 Your average Labour voter has strong right wing views on many topics – crime and punishment, immigration.

 Whenever we vote, we face the same choice just like supermarket shoppers – which brand of a similar product do we prefer?

 I could never vote Conservative. To me they are the part of the ‘Establishment’ – old Etonian toffs and hooray Henrys.

 Yet they’ve been clever in dividing working class people against themselves, breaking down their solidarity by seducing them with enticing visions of consumer goods, shares, home ownership etc.

 Workers of the world unite? Not if we can buy our council houses.

H Whipple,


Search for Stokers

A FAMILY member in Australia, Robert Bates, is trying to trace members of the Stoker family.

 The family lived in The Old Station House in Sunderland in the 1950s. He stayed with them in 1959.

 If anyone can help, please email rbates4@bigpond.com.

Andrea Field

Thanks for help

WE, the family of Ian Seery, would like to thank the following people for helping him after he collapsed on Monday afternoon on Spelter Works Bank.

 They are Hilda Schofield and her son, Charlie and Peter, paramedics, Jane and her two male colleagues as well as all the staff in resuscitation at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

 Ian is recovering in the RVI, Newcastle.

Mrs S Seery and family,


Shambles of a city

PEOPLE are right to complain about the amount of charity shops and pound stores in the city.

 In recent years these outlets have replaced the likes of Liverpool House, Joplings and Binns stores.

 It has been a continual downturn and, like it or not, the fact is it brings a different class of shopper to the city.

 I have just returned from the Cotswolds and there wasn’t a pound shop in sight or a shop where you dropped off unwanted clothes. In fact, when I visited the antique shop, you had to knock to be allowed in.

 Opening these shops in Sunderland only attracts negativity. Anyone who wants to buy anything decent simply heads to the Metro Centre with its free parking.

 In Sunderland you pay for the privilege, and if the likes of Debenhams or our small Marks & Spencer store were not there, it would be a pointless shopping trip. I believe these are the only stores that keep the city centre from turning into a ghost town. You can change the brickwork but not the people – that is why Sunderland is a shambles of a city.

Mick The Pen Brow

Scarecrow success

ON behalf of the organisers of Penshaw’s fifth scarecrow trail, I wish to thank the hundreds of people who turned out to walk around the trail and see the wonderful array of scarecrows on display.

 They were made by members of All Saints’ Church, Penshaw Community Association, Barnwell and New Penshaw Schools, YMCA, local businesses and residents of Penshaw.

 The weather was good, the music excellent, the refreshments delicious and the atmosphere marvellous because it was a real family occasion with babes in buggies to nonagenarians.

 We would like to thank Sunderland City Council’s Community Chest and Gentoo for their continued financial support.

 The money raised will be shared between Penshaw Community Association and Penshaw Village Hall, which are both registered charities.

 Thanks to all our visitors because you made the day so successful.

Lesley Shale,


Penshaw Community Association