Archive | March, 2013

Manchester United Soapbox: O’Neill gone but where do we go from here?

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Pete Sixsmith asks the question, but the answer is anyone’s guess on this bleak day for Sunderland supporters .. (more…)

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Adieu Martin O’Neill: Celtic and Villa star, Sunderland failure

Thanks Jake!

First the official Sunderland AFC statement: ‘The club has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill. Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening. The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future. An announcement will be made in […]

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Sunderland 0 Man Utd 1: Martin the (now ex-) manager speaks

Jake's imagination

   John Mac writes: A brief interlude before the chief getting back to the computer means I’m putting up Martin’s musings. I’m doing it as time ticks away and I’m hoping for away goals at Southampton and Wigan. Why am I feeling like this? For no other reason than Titus put his knee in the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Manchester United 1. No shame; no menace either

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. He judged this match beyond us even at one-down and missed the end to scamper back to Shildon in hopes of seeing Wembley-bound FA Vase glory (3-1 up, but only level with Tunbridge Wells on aggregate, soon after HT; […]

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McCormick’s Craic: putting a value on Steven Fletcher

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John McCormick loves his stats. After his theorising on the importance of goal difference in ensuring Premiership survival, he now turns his thoughts to the value that individual players make, particular our now crocked goalscoring centre forward. Not simply in terms of physical contribution either – he attempts to quantify this in hard cash. We’ll […]

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SAFC, Manchester United FC and a Poznan tantrum that won’t be calmed

Jake on the art of communication

Hear the pre-match SALUT! SUNDERLAND Podcast: http://salutsunderland.com/2013/03/salut-podcast-man-utd-preview-and-craic-with-ex-player-darren-williams/ This may be a controversial view but I like Scott the Red from the Republik of Mancunia website. We have a healthy intersite relationship – and a healthy difference of opinion on Poznan. I believe Manchester United fans are babyish to bang on about mildly funny (for us […]

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Salut! Podcast: Man Utd preview and craic with ex-player Darren Williams

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Stephen Goldsmith writes: We have a former Black Cat, Darren Williams, discusssing Sunderland with us and ESPN sports writer and editor Dom Raynor. Get on it here: https://soundcloud.com/wise-men-say/salut-podcast-episode-4 (more…)

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Sunderland v Manchester United: wise babies say guess the score

Who couldn't my dad be a Man Utd supporter?

Guess the score in Sunderland v Manchester United and you could win a life-changing prize or, if we’re clean out of stock, a mug … Xuana does not know it – she was only one this week – but her dad is hoping against better judgement for big things this weekend from the reason for […]

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SAFC v Manchester United Who are You?: ‘feasting at Lord Ferg’s table’

Jake wants answers ...

Dom Raynor*, the editor of ESPNFC.com and therefore Monsieur Salut and Pete Sixsmith’s boss when Salut! Sunderland goes on tour to his pages, is also an avid Manchester United supporter who passes all sorts of arbitrary Salut tests of entitlement to follow this or that club. He studied in the North East so knows all […]

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Adam Johnson’s post-Man City blues. Now the turn of the defence

When Adam Johnson finally beat the first defender with a corner at Loftus Road, but only by lofting the ball behind the goal, it was a piece of comic cuts football that seemed to encapsulate his season. The expensive move, the high wages and the perception of underachievement have weighed heavily in worrying times for […]

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Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

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

Promotion at first attempt!

  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

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, […]