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Will the real Mauricio Pochettino stand up or feel ‘entitled to go down’?

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Monsieur Salut: would I have taken survival last season, would I take survival this season, if it depended on a blatant act of cheating by a Sunderland player? Easy to say no when, in the heart, you might mean yes, maybe or depends. But I’ll stick to my guns and say no. And whatever individual […]

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Watford’s gap in thinking. And some say Sunderland are a basket case

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Monsieur Salut looks at the case study in eccentric football management that is Watford FC – a rarity among clubs in making Sunderland look stable and serene – and wonders whether sacking Marco Silva and installing yet another new boss will make the slightest difference to their prospects … Let us be cruelly blunt. It […]

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West Ham and David Moyes: not the warmest of welcomes from Irons supporters

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 There has been a lot of anger and a fair amount of gallows humour among West Ham  fans at the choice of our old friend David Moyes to replace the sacked Slaven Bilic as manager. As far as Monsieur Salut can tell, Moyes has not yet announced that the Hammers are in a relegation scrap. […]

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Arsenal fans gun for Wenger but how Sunderland would relish his ‘failure’

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Monsieur Salut writes: our friends at the Arsenal fan site Gunners Town (is the Steve Wellman in that linked item the Arsenal-supporting Steve Wellman I once worked with?) react with detached amusement when we dare to mention their club’s problems and wish they were ours. Last month, a piece in Arsène Wenger’s defence appeared on […]

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Thought football could stoop no lower? Think again. Leicester sack Ranieri

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

It must rank among the most squalid decisions ever taken in professional football, and there’s plenty of competition. No profanity, please, lads and lasses but do have your say on the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri just months after he led Leicester City to its finest hour. (more…)

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Sutton United – What price integrity? What price your soul?

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On a weekend off, if it’s too soon to do a relegation review (which it is), I’d normally take a trip around the Northwest and bring you up to date with the tribulations of clubs such as Blackpool, Bolton, Blackburn and even some who don’t begin with B – Morecambe being the most recent. And […]

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How Dare We?: A message to Arsenal from a Liverpool fan on a Sunderland website

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Malcolm Dawson writes…..M. Salut’s daughter Nathalie despite being well brought up is a Liverpool fan! However, she takes an interest in all things footy related and today reflects upon the murmurings in North London directed at the Premier League’s longest serving manager. Here’s what she thinks about the calls for Wenger’s head. So once again […]

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Bravo Sunderland and West Ham’s Claret & Hugh: ripoff phone line is history

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The ripoff 0871 phone line is no more, at least for people calling SAFC. Few will mourn its passing. Salut! Sunderland can claim no credit, beyond having drawn the issue to SAFC supporters’ attention, but let us applaud today’s announcement from the club. (more…)

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Stoke’s Shawcross, Arsenal’s Ramsey and a debate that won’t go away

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

Credit: Musa Göncüo?lu Football fans can be mightily sensitive given their reputation for boisterous irreverence. Case in point: the recent debate here about the changing face of Stoke City, inspired by Pete Sixsmith’s whimsical article about wishing he could wake up as a supporter of that club and not the one he’s followed for half […]

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Liverpool fans, spirit of Shankly; Liverpool FC, spirit of Rachman

I have to start by saying I think Liverpool’s a great place to live. I’ve no intention of leaving and wouldn’t swap it for a return to the North East, not for a minute. Other people appear to like it too, it’s increasingly a tourist destination, with the river, nightlife, national museums, the Beatles and […]

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World Cup Diaries: (2) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

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This is the second instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

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John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

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When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]

Salut! Sunderland’s World Cup diaries: (1) glorious St Petersburg

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  Monsieur Salut writes: 0ur summer faithful will have noticed that I invited contributions from any reader who happened to […]

Guess the World Cup final pair. You may win a prize (two if Australia make it)

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With Russia kicking off the 2018 World Cup, as has become the norm for host nations, with their opening game […]

World Cup Memories: France’s version of England’s 1966 glory

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Monsieur Salut writes: now we know. In County Durham, Pete Sixsmith has retreated into the GCSE marking part of his […]