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

  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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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?

  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 examines the squad at Martin O’Niell’s disposal and assesses tactics, strengths and weaknesses …

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

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 …

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Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]

Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been [...]

The Chapman Report from West Ham: disappointing finale but no one ‘walked’

There seems consensus that Sunderland showed vast improvement at West Ham – they could hardly have been worse than a [...]

Hutch’s Patch: One word player ratings from West Ham

We’ve just passed the equinox and Rob Hutchison sees signs of new life as spring officially arrives. We weren’t totally [...]