Wise Men Say: Whether you are #DonaldIn or #DonaldOut the buck for the club's woes doesn’t and shouldn’t lie with Sunderland fans

There’s a lot to be said for staying positive.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 4:30 pm
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald.

As football fans, Keeping The Faith is part of the job description.

But if you feel something isn’t right at you club and if you feel it’s warranted then surely your well within your rights to do so?

Of course negativity can be harmful, but sitting back saying and doing nothing can be catastrophic.

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Now before anyone starts trying to get on their soapbox about division between Sunderland supporters, I’d like to make one point.

I don’t have a problem with fans who think Stewart Donald is the best thing since sliced bread or that he “saved the club”.

I don’t agree with them, but I think I should have the right to an opinion, then it swings both ways.

What I do have a problem with is the football club trying to vindicate itself by throwing fans, who have called for the owner to sell, under the bus.

As far as I’m aware Donald wasn’t the only show in town when it came to buying the club, he was the party chosen by Ellis Short.

Donald’s decision to use social media to get fans back on board was rightly welcomed after the wall of silence from the previous regime.

But if you are going to do that, you have to be able to take the rough with the smooth.

Some groups, including our very own Wise Men Say, have called on Donald to sell-up. He said he would if he’d overstayed his welcome, for many of us that time is now.

If this has hurt Donald and caused him to stay away, if this negativity has led to the manager and players looking out of their depth, then we really are in a sad state.

We all want to cheer the lads on, we all want Sunderland to be a success and we all want to get out of League whether we are Donald In or Donald Out.

Negative supporters didn’t sell Josh Maja, negative supporters didn’t fail to replace players in the summer.

Slice it, however, you want but the buck doesn’t and shouldn’t lie with the fans.