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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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Bendtner and Gary Speed: no case to answer

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 101greatgoals.com declares that the on-loan forward was seen [...]

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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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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.

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If Poyet cannot make Sunderland less turgid, can he make turgid work?

Amid all the gloom that has descended over the collective support base of Sunderland AFC, the one sentence that some [...]

Sixer’s City Soapbox: Cheap beer, not much else at Hull City

John McCormick writes: listening to Gary Bennett on Radio Newcastle’s stream couldn’t give me the full picture of an eventful [...]

Hutch’s Patch: one-word verdicts on SAFC at Hull. Not for squeamish

Let Rob Hutchison‘s summary speak for itself: ‘This Get out of Jail Free card may be kept until needed or [...]

Pure Poyetry: Gus gets to the point at Hull and gives thanks to all

Malcolm Dawson writes…..a point is better than nothing I suppose. Gus had said we needed to win one of the [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hull City 1 Sunderland 1. Rodwell to rescue in late revival

Colin Randall writes: Pete Sixsmith watched the first half in dismay. To my ‘utterly atrocious’, he admitted to feeling ashamed. [...]

Wrinkly Pete, a fan bound for Hull, on these troubled Sunderland times

Peter Lynn is as wearied by events as Nic Wiseman, but heads for Hull full of measured hope, rational thoughts [...]