Archive | October, 2016

A Liverpool view of Sunderland’s collapse (sorry Mr Moyes) versus Arsenal

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Monsieur Salut writes: there’s one thing that makes having an otherwise disloyal Liverpool-supporting daughter feel a little less shaming (it had something to do with John Barnes being an early crush, I suspect). Nathalie Randall does also have some affection for Sunderland, having been dragged to Roker Park, the SoL and elsewhere by her dad […]

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Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: this Sunderland defence just don’t like it up ’em

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Malcolm Dawson writes……it’s fair to say that Pete Sixsmith was incandescent after yesterday’s performance. I have no intention of bringing on a cardiac arrest about something over which I have no control so rather than rant and rave as the BBC moved to interview Arsene Wenger I chose instead to chill out to Joni Mitchell, […]

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Moyes on the boys v Arsenal: The players are giving all they have

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John McCormick writes: for a while, watching on TV, I thought  I saw glimpses of last season – some skill, some effort and above all, desire. But it counted for nothing in the end as Arsenal stepped up a gear and brought on a sub that is miles better than any of our best players. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 4 Couldn’t be Arsened to defend

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John McCormick writes: Earlier today I e-mailed Pete Sixsmith asking if he could get me a ticket for the Liverpool game. A little later came the first of three texts: ” Defending was a total and utter embarrassment”. You can see the second below in the latest of Sixer’s Sevens. And the third? Well Pete’s working […]

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SAFC’s promising response as West Ham site toasts victory in ripoff lines campaign

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Sunderland AFC has effectively confirmed to Salut! Sunderland that it is considering the possibility of scrapping the Premier Rate phone numbers, otherwise known as ripoff lines, that hit fans in the pocket when they call the SoL – without producing significant income for the club. That, at least, is my interpretation – a fair one, […]

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The Arsenal Who are You?: ‘SAFC doomed with Hull and (please) Stoke’

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Hats off to Tony Merakli, editor of the Arsenal fan site Gunnersphere, for stepping in gamely at the last minute when we were let down by his counterpart at another Gooners’ blog. Tony fears, as do most ‘Who are You?’ interviewees these days, that we’ll drop but believes we are a massive club whose fans […]

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Arsenal Guess the Score: double prize for winning entry predicting SAFC victory

Jake: 'here's one I made earlier'

Monsieur Salut briefly forgets how poor he feels just now and digs ever deeper in a desperate attempt to inspire a Sunderland win … What could possibly be better than winning a prize mug from Salut! Sunderland? Right first time: two prize mugs. And what could possibly be a safer bet than to offer any […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings from Southampton. No one starred in ‘sterile’ display

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No fewer than 1,228 of the 21,460 crowd on a Wednesday night at St Mary’s were in the away end and you can bet a few more Sunderland supporters were dotted around other parts of the ground. And for what?  Rob Hutchison was among them and can tell you it wasn’t much: ‘Sterile, tame performance. […]

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Moyes on the boys at Southampton: we were much improved tonight

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John McCormick writes: Just before he slid on to the team coach for the long journey home (having exerted his authority and taken the whole of the back seat so he could kip) our manager penned a letter to M Salut (and maybe one or two others). M Salut, generous fellow that he is, kindly […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 1-0 Sunderland. Slightly better, still not good enough

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Monsieur Salut writes: I rely tonight on Benno and Barnes who acclaimed Sofiane Boufal’s wonder goal that beat us, praised Djilobodji for perhaps his best game since signing, considered Ndong ‘awful’ and agreed our first touch and passing were generally poor. No Pete Sixsmith this time so it is a substitute Seven …   (more…)

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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 […]