‘We want you to stay’, ‘Embarrasing’ – These Sunderland fans are split after recent club post

Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald has recently written an open letter to supporters addressing issues presented by the current situation in the country.

It comes after the club announced they had furloughed playing staff as well as non-playing staff, something the former Eastleigh chairman addressed in his letter. He wrote:

“On Tuesday, we announced that our players and backroom staff had been furloughed. They join a number of other members of our non-playing staff, who we had already furloughed, in using the Governments’ Job Retention Scheme. We believe it is the best course of action for the club at this time. We will also continue to look at the suitability of all options being made available to businesses during this unprecedented period.   We are not alone in this process, and this is an extremely challenging time for every club outside the Premier League.”

The Black Cats do not look on course for automatic promotion this season, but they are in with a realistic shout of a second play-off appearance in as many seasons. However, after some woeful transfer business over the last eighteen months, as well as indifferent results and playing style, some supporters are reaching the end of their tether.

Donald’s reign, and the club’s current direction, is the cause for much discussion and separation. Even his open letter has divided fans, with several replying to him on Twitter after the club posted it in full this morning.

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