These are the major concerns Sunderland fans have about the future of the club's academy

The future of Sunderland’s Category One academy is a major cause of concern for supporters after a season of poor results and several young promising players leaving.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 1:00 pm

Sunderland AFC have always maintained they are fully committed to the academy with the club looking to appoint a new academy manager soon after the departure of Paul Reid.

We asked, are you confident the current owners are fully committed to the club’s academy?

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A staggering 90.2% of fans that responded to the survey said no, with just 9.8% stating they were.

We also asked fans what their main concern was over the future of the academy?

The results were mixed, with 33.8% stating the impact the departures of the best young players will have on the first team in the years to come was their big concern.

With a further 27.8% saying the sale of young players was their big worry, meanwhile, just under 20% expressed concern the academy could be scaled back or downgraded.

Our Sunderland Survey results have been revealed.

That is something the club insist won’t happen.

Rodwell also said that putting a stop to the departures of talented players would be a key part of the remit for Paul Reid's replacement.

The club's U18 and U23 side suffered wretched league seasons, unable to win a game as the impact of a number of players leaving around the age of 16 began to take hold.

Rodwell told the Echo recently: "We are absolutely committed to the academy and our category one status.

"Having a category one academy in League One is difficult but that is what we are committed.

"Next season we will be a Category One academy, simple as that, and we are committed beyond that as well.

"We know we need to improve, we are absolutely aware of that.”

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