‘We don’t want any of you’ – These angry Sunderland supporters react to latest club statement

Sunderland Chief Executive Jim Rodwell has reacted with disappointment to the EFL’s decision to curtail the current season, but his words have not been met well by fans.

The Wearsiders will spend a third season in the third tier, unprecedented during their time as a professional club. With the season ending early, the Black Cats will be forced to once again ‘endure’ trips to Rochdale, Shrewsbury and Lincoln as they finished outside the top six on points per game.

Rodwell believes the fans deserve better from the club, something he aims to deliver. “Our fans have been magnificent, and we know how much they, like the players and staff, will be hurting today,” he said.

“But it’s our supporters who have the set the standard over the last two seasons, following the team home and away in incredible numbers, and we have failed to match them.

“As a club, we have to strive to be better and ensure we learn from the mistakes we have made because regardless of the circumstances, finishing eighth in League One isn’t good enough and I don’t think anyone would tell you otherwise.

“Our sole focus moving forward must be to build a squad that is capable of winning this division next season. I have spoken to Phil Parkinson at length and we have a very clear idea of what we need to achieve that goal.”

The Lincoln-born 49-year-old started out as a junior at his hometown club, but left when they were relegated out of the Football League in 1987 and joined Darlington, where he made one appearance. After a stint spent knocking around the non-league scene, he found success with Rushden and Diamonds, later playing for Boston United before ending up as Director of Football. He later took over as chairman and once controversially defended Steve Evans after his conviction for tax fraud at York Street.

Once Boston were sold, Rodwell moved on to Notts County as part of the changes that saw Ray Trew take control of the club, before heading to Scunthorpe United where he’s been most recently.

Without a firm background of success in football, Sunderland fans have not taken to his appointment and they’ve reacted with some anger to his words, and his bosses, as you’ll see below.

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