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Salut Reflections: Westwood, Mignolet and Bramble make for interesting week in Sunderland.

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  During Martin O’Neill’s final months as SAFC manager, it became increasingly hard to gather and comment on news for a Reflections piece for Salut! Sunderland, writes Stephen Goldsmith. It seems unlikely Di Canio’s reign will be similar. The end of season is generally a bit of a lull for bloggers and writers, who try […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s end-of-season reviews: (7) slower than my 9-year-olds

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Stephen Goldsmith is not just a budding broadcast sports journalist, podcast wizard and Salut! Sunderland assistant editor. He also coaches children. In the latest of our end-of-season reviews – the series will end soon with Pete Sixsmith‘s calculations of how well spent his season ticket money was – Goldy says his young charges show more […]

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Goldy’s Logic: Wigan’s win over Manchester City good for the heart

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As we await our own Champions League final against Southampton, Stephen Goldsmith reflects on yesterday’s rousing win by Wigan over Man City that restored some of the romance of the FA Cup 40 finals since our glory of 1973 – and winces at commentary idiocies … (more…)

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Don Hutchison: undoubted Mag slayer, but questionable Cattermole logic?

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Stephen Goldsmith writes, It seems we’re back to the Cattermole debate again. Well, not really. I have made my feelings and opinion known on his importance to the side so Idon’t want to cover too much old ground. It appears, like me, O’Neill is prepared to persevere with his captain despite the potential percentage of […]

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Goldy says: O’Neill’s January business suggests wind of change at Sunderland

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At the time of writing Sunderland AFC have been linked in the press with a whole host of players, from Peruvians and Argentinians to Austrians and Spaniards – even a self confessed Mag fan but as yet only two signings and one of those on loan. We have also witnessed the departure of several long […]

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Goldy on the attack: fuelling the Danny Graham debate

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

As M. Salut and his deputy will shortly be unavailable it may fall to me, John Mac, to keep the site going.  My html editing skills are not what they once were and I’m still finding my way round the control panel so presentation may sometimes fall below the standard  you have come to expect. […]

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O’Neill is no longer resuscitating Bruce’s Sunderland: midfield is dead on arrival

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Stephen Goldsmith writes: I refuse to get too carried away with all the doom and gloom just yet – as tempting as that may be! You certainly won’t be hearing me shout for a change in management amid all this poor show of form. The national media are particularly mystified as to why the Sunderland […]

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Goldy’s Logic: Is Cattermole to Sunderland what Vieira was to Arsenal?

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  When Patrick Vieira smashed his elbow into Darren Williams in the opening game of the season in August 2000, it was an act of aggression we had come to expect from the fiery Frenchman. The subsequent red card that followed was to be his fifth in four seasons, yet amazingly, fast forward two days […]

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Goldy’s Logic: how Cattermole, Colback, Gardner can prove themselves indispensable for Sunderland

Stephen Goldsmith: 'it may be summer but this is ridiculous'

Stephen Goldsmith examines the squad at Martin O’Niell’s disposal and assesses tactics, strengths and weaknesses … (more…)

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Goldy’s Logic: how Olympics athletes had it cushy compared with unloved footballers

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Everyone has been saying how nice it was to see happy, smiling, approachable Olympics competitors instead of those surly, monosyllabic footballers. Without quite suggesting sainthoods for best fan-avoidance technique – hoods, Ipods, earphones, shades, lowered heads – Stephen Goldsmith offers some balancing thoughts … (more…)

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Allardyce: once Sunderland’s Messiah, now just a very naughty boy

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We’ve already had Pete Sixsmith’s words of wisdom on the Sam Allardyce affair. Here, Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson […]

Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have […]

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion Guess the Score: let action replace words

Jake: 'restore our faith, Lads'

Hands up anyone who is looking forward to Saturday. In fact, there’ll be plenty. Support, loyalty, passion often transcend the […]

There’s only one Bradley Lowery. Here’s how Sunderland fans can help

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Anyone who watched the otherwise one-to-forget Everton match on the TV, and plenty of those inside the stadium, will have […]

Sixers’s Soapbox: squirming in our seats as Crystal Palace take the spoils

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was in the ground early yesterday and got chatting to one of the stewards. When he asked […]

Moyes on the boys v Palace: “We didn’t do the basics.”

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John McCormick writes: Gutted. F’ing gutted. That’s just me, but at least I wasn’t there. The site’s giving problems so I’ll […]