How the French turned ‘Sunderland, the play’ into ‘Saint-Etienne, the film’

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s long gone any way, if previously on loan – to Wahbi Khazri.

The new ownership is so far unable to shrug off football’s demented obsession with “undisclosed fees”. But everyone “understands” – ie they were told – AS Saint-Etienne have paid in the region of £6m, with potential add-on payments of half as much again. And to think, he could have been playing for Jack Ross’s squad in the friendly against Grimbsy Town on Tuesday evening.

Khazri won’t know it, but his move maintains a tenuous Sunderland link. A hit play that took Paris theatreland by storm, called simply Sunderland, was turned into a film. But to give it more chance of success in French cinemas, the producers switched location and set the film in Saint-Etienne, with Olympique Lyonnais taking Newcastle United’s place as arch rivals. It was called, when translated, Who’s Strongest and you can read about it here

Sunderland the play, a surprise hit on the Paris stage

Monsieur Salut wishes him well. The way he was squeezed out of a wretched, losing side in David Moyes’s Premier League relegation season was beyond belief. He did well on loan at Rennes, did well for Tunisia in the World Cup and – I suspect – will do well for les Stéphanois.

Meanwhile at Grimbsy, or at Cleethorpes but against Grimsby. the Lads relied on a first-half Lynden Gooch goal to win by a single goal against League Two opponents. So that’s one win, one draw and one defeat in the pre-season campaign so far.

This was the starting line-up and substitutions:

Sunderland: Stryjek (Ruiter 66), Flanagan, Taylor, Love, Hume (Matthews 66), Honeyman, Robson (Mumba 59), McGeouch (Kimpioka 74), Gooch, McManaman (Maja 71), Maguire.

Subs not used: Hackett, Molyneux, Storey, Kokolo.

Adieu, Khazri

Tags: , , , ,

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Doncaster Rovers and the Keepmoat Stadium

Salut Banner5(featured image)

John McCormick writes: Yorkshire seems to be cropping up a lot, even though we  left a few of their clubs […]

‘4,000 Sunderland fans, midweek game says it all’. Doncaster Rovers Who are You?

Click Jake's image to see all Who are You? instalments so far this season

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith has, as ever, written a wonderful article on Doncaster Rovers for his twin series on […]

Doncaster Rovers vs SAFC Guess the Score

Click Jake's image to enter

For this midweek visit to Doncaster Rovers, Salut! Sunderland reverts to a “just for fun” format for the Guess the […]

Shrewsbury v Sunderland: The view from the middle ground

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

I’m busy today, with stuff to do, so I only have time for some quick thoughts. Don’t forget these are […]

Sixer’s Shrewsbury Sevens: 2-0 to SAFC, a comfortable win and that elusive clean sheet

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Monsieur Salut writes: this is where Pete Sixsmith offers his customary seven-word verdict on each Sunderland game he attends. He […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

Salut Banner3(featured image)

John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, […]

Page generated in 0.998 seconds. Stats plugin by