Sunderland youth star labels club COWARDS for letting go kitman

Sunderland launch investigation after club’s youth star labelled them ‘COWARDS with no class’ for letting go his father and kitman John Cooke without any public acknowledgement despite his 35 years of service (including six as a player!)

  • Sunderland have made their longstanding kitman John Cooke redundant 
  • Cooke spent 26 years in the role and represented them as a player for six years
  • The club have not made any public acknowledgement despite his long service
  • Cooke’s son, a club youth player, told them to hang their heads in an angry post

Sunderland are investigating after one of their players labelled the club’s hierarchy ‘cowards’ for making his father redundant.

Longstanding and popular kitman John Cooke has been let go after 26 years in the role without any public acknowledgement from the club. He also played for the Black Cats between 1979 and 1985.

His son, Jay Turner-Cooke – who plays for the Under-18s and Under-23s – has posted a message on social media saying: ‘35 years at the club and no acknowledgment even though he was made redundant 2 months ago. COWARDS. No class, no loyalty, no respect. Hang your heads in shame Sunderland AFC. You know who you are.’

Longstanding kitman John Cooke (R) has been let go by Sunderland after 26 years in the role

Cooke’s son Jay, who plays for the U18s and U23s, hit out at the club after his father’s sacking

A host of former Sunderland players have come out in support of Cooke – who is considering legal action – and branded the club’s decision to remove him as ‘shocking’.

Thomas Sorensen said: ‘Cookie is a legend and has given everything to Sunderland. The club should not forget to recognise a person who worked every day of the week, through the night at times, so us players could proudly wear the club badge.’

Matt Piper said: ‘Can’t believe what I’m witnessing here! Disgusted is an understatement! The guy who helped build the good times, stuck around when times went bad, played for the club & now bombed out? Shocking.’

And Darren Holloway added: ‘Shocking! No let-up in the poor decisions them upstairs are making!’

League One Sunderland – owned by Stewart Donald – are now looking into the social-media posts of Turner-Cooke before speaking to the player.

Cooke (circled) also represented the Black Cats as a player between 1979 and 1985

Thomas Sorensen, who had five years at the club, said they should thank Cooke for his service


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