Archive | March, 2014

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 West Ham 2. Down and out

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

Pete Sixsmith, witnessing a witless defeat that may well seal our fate, offered three variations of his customary seven-word verdict: 1 (at 0-2) ‘not a hope of staying up now’; 2 ‘effort aplenty but lacked quality where needed’; 3 ‘We just cannot win must win games’. What more is to be said? We cannot blame […]

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Hayley Mulls: forget One Direction, give me my new Sunderland book

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We must all be having our different ways of trying not to think too hard about tonight. A friendly Hammers voice on Twitter – @whustuff – offered a deal: they win, we still stay up. I declined on the grounds that we probably couldn’t do the last but without the first. Instead, I called up […]

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Sixers Says: Allardyce’s Hammers need to be nailed

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That’s Pete Sixsmith‘s appalling pun in the headline – Monsieur Salut is quite capable of coming up with his own – and it’ll be Big Pete’s presence that is felt on BBC 1’s Late Kickoff on Monday night. In what spirits will Tuesday morning find us? Pete discusses the stakes … (more…)

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Survival? Gus says it’ll go to the wire. So do some dodgy numbers

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    You may remember the first chart below. I posted it at the the mid-point of this season. It uses the improvement or deterioration of last season’s best and worst post-Christmas performers in the bottom half of the table, (i.e. Reading and Stoke) to predict the points that this season’s bottom teams will end […]

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Wise Man Says: ‘it’s The Sun wot got its just desserts’

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Colin Randall writes: football clubs that ban journalists or their employing newspapers, agencies or TV/radio stations usually look faintly ridiculous. It is not the job or duty of news organisations to kowtow to authority. I could also tell stories about ministries, companies, charities and other organisations that shamelessly break their own embargoes (eg to ensure […]

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Sunderland vs West Ham ‘Guess the Score’ PLUS Champions League final comp

Jake: 'no slip-ups this time, Lads ...'

Guess the Score – absent without leave prior to Liverpool vs SAFC – returns along with news of a great competition where the prize will be tickets, travel and accommodation for two for the Champions League final in Lisbon … (more…)

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Salut Podcast: Epsiode 31 – Put Vergini In A Bottle

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Who’s feeling confident then? The game at Anfield was one I actually feared beforehand. It’s been a while since I’ve actually feared that the opposition were so far ahead of us that the scoreline was destined to be ridiculously high one, writes Stephen Goldsmith. Then, around mid afternoon, rumours filtered through that Gus was planning […]

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Wrinkly Pete: my own ‘Dear Gus’ on the Norwich and Liverpool contrast

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

In common with Monsieur Salut and a lot of others, Peter Lynn* – aka Wrinkly Pete – gets the post-match e-mails from Gus Poyet. He decided it was time to write back and M Salut thinks this should be published before a prize edition of Guess the Score for SAFC v West Ham, which will […]

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SAFC v West Ham ‘Who are You?’: TalkSPORT’s The Moose hunted down

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TalkSPORT has been kind to Salut! Sunderland. We had a good ‘Who are You?’ with Micky Quinn before a SAFC vs Liverpool game in 2011 – http://salutsunderland.com/2011/03/who-are-you-mick-quinns-divided-liverpool-and-newcastle-loyalties/ – and an outstanding one with Melissa Rudd, as assistant producer, before her club, our other recent opponents Norwich City, visited the SoL in December (http://salutsunderland.com/2013/12/safc-v-norwich-who-are-you-the-worst-keeper-ive-ever-seen/. Now The […]

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Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: the best match report you’ll see

Pete Sixsmith was hardly alone in fearing the worst at Anfield. He is too long in the tooth to conclude from one improved display that Sunderland are on course to survival. The work that still needs doing is self-evident. It may be fully understood without lowering ourselves to more cliched talk of ‘must-win’ games. Pete […]

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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 […]