Archive | January, 2011

Why Sunderland need Bruce more than we needed Bent

Eric Sweeney* is the latest addition to Salut! Sunderland‘s stable of writers. A lot of us have been fretting about false dawns. Eric – flanked in the photo by friend and brother – rightly identifies the substantial positives we sometimes overlook … As another transfer window draws to a close it’s worth reflecting on how […]

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Andy Reid: thanks, sorry … and good luck at Blackpool

Image: A Love Supreme We will wait until tomorrow to write about anything that has happened on the deadline day transfer front. Who knows whether there can be yet further twists before the witching hour is reached? (more…)

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Soapbox: when a goalscoring Chelsea groin made us groan

Long ago, in the days of two points for a win, we started our last game of the season four points ahead of our promotion rivals Chelsea, and playing them at home. They’d win their game in hand, we knew that (and they did so, 7-0 against Pompey) but a point would see us up. […]

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As Healy heads to Rangers, Da Silva finds Zaragoza sun

Image: vip223 Another departure, more sighs of relief. It is difficult to imagine either David Healy or, now, Paulo Da Silva feeling too down in the dumps about their cameos in the run-up to the transfer window deadline. (more…)

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Can Healy do for Rangers what he couldn’t for us?

Image: BangorArt   Just when I thought I’d acted on Steve Bruce’s behalf and sold him to Wigan, David Healy has departed the Stadium of Light, not a ground he graced too often as a player, and joined his boyhood idols Rangers. (more…)

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Chelsea ‘Who are You?’: on idolising Zola, hating Newcastle

We want a re-run of Dec 4 1999 so please let the Everton cup game have tired them out; he wants Malouda to clinch a 1-0 revenge win. David Harding*, a Fleet Street foreign editor, has supported Chelsea since early boyhood and has written a book about a special hero, Gianfranco Zola,. After yesterday’s sampler, […]

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Clips to welcome the new Black Cats

This is Stephane Sessegnon – the goals and the dribbles in the most-viewed YouTube clip of him. He’s ours. (more…)

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The Chelsea interview: ‘sacrilege, but Kerry Dixon left me cold’

For the latest feature in Salut! Sunderland‘s “Who are You?” series, David Harding, a Chelsea fan who has written books on Gianfranco Zola and, er, A**n She**r, covers a lot of ground: from his club’s Unloved status and Abramovich’s billions to his thoughts on cheating and Sunderland (positive) and Newcastle (not). He sympathises with the […]

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SAFC v Chelsea: from gloom to boom in under two years

Tuesday’s match still seems ages away, so stand by for a long buildup. At the end of the season before last, we faced Chelsea at home on the last day, threatened with relegation if we lost and both Newcastle United and Hull won. Luckily, and it was luck since we predictably lost our game (3-2), […]

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Blackpool fine not fine by me

In which Jeremy Robson sticks up for Ian Holloway in his hour of need … At the start of the season every club is required to submit the names of 25 players who will make up their squad for the coming season. Some of us must wonder what the point of this is, as you […]

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SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewart’s Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]