Archive | June, 2017

Sixer says: meet the new boss

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith reports that it’s cold, wet and miserable where he is – presumably Sixsmith Towers, deep in County Durham. It’s not much better here, down south in Liverpool. But news has come in that we have a manager.  Is that sufficient to warm the cockles of our too-chilled hearts? I think […]

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Enter Simon Grayson from Preston – plus exclusive transcript of the job interview

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Credit: MattytheWhite at Wikipedia First a club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager. Read it here or see a summary in the footnote*. And secondly, apologies to Martin Bain, chief executive, and Simon for hacking their phone conversation. In fact, it’s so exclusive that it isn’t true. All imaginary, just a spot of fun […]

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Farewell Jermain, enjoy Bournemouth. ‘Came as a footballer, leaves as a man’

Jermain: a star for both clubs

See club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager at this link https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/june/grayson-named-sunderland-boss The breathtaking decision taking to allow Jermain Defoe to leave on a free transfer – whoever signed that contract should be strung up – has had its logical consequence: he has joined Bournemouth. Defoe is a man who knows his own worth […]

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Plan A’s disintegrated but at least Sunderland can move on to Plan B

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See club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager at this link Paul Summerside went on strike last season, boycotting games because Sunderland were persisting with David Moyes. He senses a lot of underwhelmed reaction from supports to the approach to Simon Grayson but feels he is not only a potentially sound choice, but maybe […]

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As talks on selling Sunderland collapse, are things at last looking rosier?

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So we have reached June 29, the retail launch of the new and controversial home kit (I still like the front, hate the back) and a time of the summer when all the big or ambitious clubs, and most of the ones that are neither, are well advanced in preparing for the coming season. All […]

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Reading at last? Norwich perhaps, or Derby, Leeds, ‘Boro and Sheffield? What’s your fancy?

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I was away last week and didn’t log on much, on account of having a temperamental handheld device (a tip – don’t drop your computer onto a tiled surface) and iffy connections courtesy of a not-so-local bar. But log on I did, twice. The first time, it was to find three quarters of our readers […]

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From tumult to torpor: could Sunderland finally burst into action?

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

For Sunderland supporters, the close season has been one big mess. Going down had been unpleasant, all the more so because of the passive, passionless way we embraced relegation. Losing the manager, David Moyes, was disruptive but perhaps no huge hardship; his negative outlook had made him an unpopular figure from far too early in […]

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Graham Noble RIP: an adopted SAFC fan who lived up to the surname

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

Monsieur Salut mourns the passing of a much-loved friend, former colleague and occasional occupant of Sunderland away ends … It has been a rotten time as far as bereavement is concerned. My next door neighbour in France, seemingly fit as a fiddle when he came round for drinks nine months ago, fell ill soon after […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

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The poll has had a good run and has now closed. The final vote updates the fugures you see below and is shown in each case in brackets as well as on the poll image. As you see, the question was whether, between them, Ellis Short and Martin Bain were – with their wretched dithering […]

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The Championship cometh: we start with Derby, end with Wolverhampton

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Monsieur Salut writes: so now we know the who and the when of our Championship opponents for the coming season. We haven’t the faintest idea who will be managing Sunderland, owning Sunderland or playing for Sunderland except that – news update – it won’t apparently be Fulwell73, but the fixtures list doesn’t wait for such […]

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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]

How our Coventry friends hijacked Salut! Sunderland’s League One promotion poll

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No sour grapes. We – or those of us with too much time on our hands – might well have […]

Bravo England and Sunderland’s Jordans. And now, Allez les Bleus

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Monsieur Salut writes: so sad. England should have been two or three up at half time but lost their way […]

Sixer’s pre-season soapbox: normal service resumes at Darlington

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was in the environs of Darlington yesterday afternoon and pondered whether to hang about and take advantage […]

Burton, Scunthorpe or Peterborough – who’ll join Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton and Portsmouth?

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UPDATE: we saw the poll had grown, improbably, to 11,000+ votes with Coventry way out in front on 26 per […]