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Spurs v SAFC Who are You?: ‘top four beats staying above Arsenal’

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No shortage of self-confidence on the Tottenham Hotspur front. Too big a club for Darren Bent and Martin O’Neill, home bankers versus us on Sunday and heading for a third top finish at least two places ahead of Arsenal. That’s as seen by Jamie Currie*, the man behind White Hart Pain site and a regular […]

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Martin O’Neill, Box Fox and being a winner at 59


A few nights ago, I had after-show drinks with a Sunderland supporter who has recently taken over the role of Songman in the highly – and deservedly – popular West End production War Horse. Bob Fox is someone I know well from my folk music pursuits. He is, like the new manager at the Stadium […]

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Martin’s Musings: O’Neill speaks and a column is born

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The title for the sayings of Martin O’Neill, as they are collected for these pages, has been chosen and you see it above. That means a Salut! Sunderland mug – is there no limit to our generosity? – will be heading the way of “Rob”, whose suggestion it was. (more…)

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Bendtner and Gary Speed: no case to answer

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Salut! Sunderland hopes that when Martin O’Neill presides over his first press conference as Sunderland’s manager this afternoon, he is not drawn into pointless discussion of Nicklas Bendtner’s supposedly disrespectful body language during the pre-match tribute to Gary Speed at Molineux. With carefully manufactured outrage, the website declares that the on-loan forward was seen […]

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Peter O’Toole, a hell-raising dad and a lost Sunderland passion


Readers who find this a familiar tale are asked to bear with me. I need to check whether the link to the redesigned site is working in all the ways it should; posting something – anything – is one way of doing that. New readers may find what follows interesting … A few years ago, […]

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New look for Sunderland, new look for Salut!

Salut! Sunderland has news of its own to announce … It seems somehow fitting that as the appointment of Martin O’Neill ushers in what we hope will be a successful new era for Sunderland AFC, Salut! Sunderland should also present its new face to the world. It should, with luck, make its blushing debut tomorrow […]

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MON day: a fine start?

M Salut offers some advice to Martin O’Neill on the fines he may wish to consider imposing after yesterday’s defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory at Molineux … The competition – click here – to come up with a new name for Martin O’Neill column at Salut! Sunderland is still open. OK, the new manager does not yet know he’s […]

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Salut!’s week: Wigan woes, Bruce goes, Wolves foes

Monsieur Salut looks back on a momentous week for all who care about Sunderland AFC … As I began to write this review of the week, we were a day into the post-Bruce era of Sunderland AFC, three days from an important game at Molineux. By the time I finished the first draft (these are […]

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Official: Bruce Out – dismissed in Sunderland’s ‘best interests’

So Steve Bruce has gone, fired today as the inevitable casualty of his team’s abject failure to get results to match Sunderland AFC’s spending and the supporters’ reasonable expectations. It is not a great day for SAFC, which remains for now in a mess. Salut! Sunderland finally and reluctantly came off the fence after the […]

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So we can score goals: Reserves hit 7 past Scunthorpe

The last time I saw Sunderland get seven was against Oxford United under Peter Reid in 1998. Two apiece for Bridges, Dichio and Rae and one from Mickey Gray. Well, the Reserves did it again today, whacking seven past Scunthorpe, as in the Oxford game without reply. (more…)

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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 […]

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

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Monsieur Salut writes: I rely tonight on Benno and Barnes who acclaimed Sofiane Boufal’s wonder goal that beat us, praised […]

You’ve seen the Remain case for Moyes. Now hear from a Leaver

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

Monsieur Salut presented a brief argument in favour of sticking with David Moyes at this link. Rob Hutchison has already […]

Why David Moyes should remain in charge of Sunderland

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Not all readers of Salut! Sunderland will agree. But I shall say it anyway. Sunderland AFC, whether in the hands […]

Lee Clark. ‘My mistake: not the t-shirt but leaving Newcastle for Sunderland’

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Only Peter Reid and Lee Clark, and perhaps whoever served them at the Yarm Country Club, know for sure whether […]

Southampton Who are You?: ‘PVA, Watmore impress but SAFC lack mental strength’

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Fresh from much-praised exploits at the San Siro (despite a defeat) and in the draw at the Etihad, Southampton naturally […]