Tony Gillan: Should Jack Rodwell take a pay cut to help rebuild his reputation among Sunderland fanbase?

September 13, 2017
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While watching Sunderland’s recent fixtures, it seemed to me that there might possibly be just a morsel of disquiet among supporters. A modicum of unrest. A soupçon of discontent.

Feel free to disagree.

As Ellis Short and Martin Bain are unlikely to make a half-time appearance to soak up the warm wishes of the fans. The Aunt Sally de jour is the reformed workaholic Jack Rodwell.

This is hardly surprising. The lad joined three years ago, since when the common perception is that his main contribution has been to trot around the centre circle; occasionally breaking into a canter – but never a gallop.

Suffice to say that bellicose belief and passion are not his motif.

But why Rodwell in particular? Obviously he isn’t entirely to blame.

For example, he didn’t instruct the…


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