Archive | November, 2011

Official: Bruce Out – dismissed in Sunderland’s ‘best interests’

So Steve Bruce has gone, fired today as the inevitable casualty of his team’s abject failure to get results to match Sunderland AFC’s spending and the supporters’ reasonable expectations. It is not a great day for SAFC, which remains for now in a mess. Salut! Sunderland finally and reluctantly came off the fence after the […]

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Soapbox: Bruce sees Nottingham Forest put another cup beyond us

In an ideal world, bright SAFC publicity people would have told Pete Sixsmith: “Get yourself along to the Reserves; someone’s due a hammering.” Instead, the 7-0 demolition of Scunthorpe was out of bounds to Salut! Sunderland and practically everyone else. So Pete joined Steve Bruce and others at an FA Youth Cup game – and […]

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Birflatt Boy: end the agony, Mr Short

One of Monsieur Salut’s regrets is that although certain readers have taken a strongly pro-Bruce – or anti-kneejerk – line none has recently accepted the open invitation to put such thoughts into a full-sized posting. Yet there’s no shortage of hostile comment, as the latest Birflatt Boy offering demonstrates … Let’s not beat about the […]

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So we can score goals: Reserves hit 7 past Scunthorpe

The last time I saw Sunderland get seven was against Oxford United under Peter Reid in 1998. Two apiece for Bridges, Dichio and Rae and one from Mickey Gray. Well, the Reserves did it again today, whacking seven past Scunthorpe, as in the Oxford game without reply. (more…)

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Steve Bruce: why change shouldn’t wait for Wolves and Blackburn

For most proper supporters of Sunderland, or indeed any other club, the commitment is unconditional. We may be scattered around the world, and the team/s we follow may experience varying fortunes, but we broadly want the same thing, week after week: success at whatever level we happen to be playing. Younger Sunderland fans have known […]

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The Robson Report: acclaiming – and understanding – Gary Speed

Long experience of coroners’ courts has persuaded Monsieur Salut that depression can afflict the most successful, normally intelligent of people. We do not yet know what drove Gary Speed to suicide. Jeremy Robson offers a little more than the sympathy everyone feels … Only Ryan Giggs and David James have played more games in the […]

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All Greek to me: Wigan disaster as seen by another Sixsmith

There are not that many Sixsmiths about, but even if you leave aside the one who used to be on telly (Martin?), the surname does not end with our own big Pete. Step forward Phil Sixsmith, his younger brother, who lives in Greece, a place that makes Sunderland (and the UK)’s crises seem positively benign. […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s makeover: a plea for patience

M Salut thanks the readers of this site for their angry, acerbic, amusing and appreciative comments received in recent days, weeks and months. There may be important SAFC news in the day or days to come and there may not; either way, that will inspire more comment. But I do need a degree of patience […]

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The Robson Report: Bruce makes Leeds and 1973 seem centuries ago

The Robson Report: Bruce makes Leeds and 1973 seem centuries ago

  Steve Bruce looked a broken man on Match of the Day. Some of the abuse lobbed at him, Salut! Sunderland believes, was unacceptable, but it had hit home. To a large degree, of course, he is the author of his present misfortune. Jeremy Robson, hardly a born again convert to the Bruce Out cause, […]

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Wigan Soapbox: the final countdown

Pete Sixsmith, with apologies to Bon Jovi (or was it a band called Europe?) for his headline choice, is fed up. From Bardsley’s impersonation of Jonny Wilkinson (can conversions be that high in rugby?) to the kamikaze defending, yesterday was no day for faint hearts; Sixer’s nearly gave up the ghost … At 4.49 on […]

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Vote to rename the Stadium of Light south stand. Then on to North, West and East?

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Monsieur Salut welcomes plans to rename one of the Stadium of Light stands … Maybe Bradley Lowery, which would have […]

Sixer’s Wycombe Wanderers Soapbox: Maja rocks the Chairboys

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Malcolm Dawson writes……as I struggled to sleep in the early hours my thoughts turned to the afternoon’s events and looking […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Wycombe Wanderers give us a timely reminder

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Pete Sixsmith texted at half time that there wasn’t much happening and Wycombe looked comfortable. Half an hour later he […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: The Chairboys of Wycombe

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Malcolm Dawson writes………our publication of Pete Sixsmith’s twin series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (before our away […]

A rocking manager, Martin O’Neill glory days, Luke O’Nien: the Wycombe Wanderers ‘Who are You?’

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Monsieur Salut writes: I may have said it before but League One is a treasure trove when it comes to […]

SAFC vs Wycombe Wanderers: a prized return for Guess the Score

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