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Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal. These Manchester Men matter, if only a little

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

Buy from the Salut! Amazon link at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NVFNIS2/salusund-21 Monsieur Salut writes: It is not often that Salut! Sunderland‘s parent (or should that be geriatric?) site Salut draws more hits. It got close today because of the magic words in the headline (world-renowned managers of football clubs that have become global brands). There wasn’t much chance […]

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Sunderland v Liverpool, Varga v McAllister: perhaps football’s finest dive

Just a spot of fun with a serious subplot. Whenever Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light, it offers an opportunity to recall the most accomplished dive many of us have ever seen. And what is more, it worked, fooling a seasoned ref and gaining Liverpool a draw. We’ll get on to Gary McAllister in a […]

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Everton’s Martinez and Deulofeu: what is right and wrong about football

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

A man with previous? Roberto Martinez is an admirable manager who appears to be doing an excellent job with Everton. Everton, if their more high-minded supporters can bear to hear this, are a club Sunderland fans can identify with. And their club walloped ours on Sunday after we had flattered to deceive only to crumble […]

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The ugly face of corporate football: Newcastle, Swindon, Blackpool and now Rangers

The long road. By Jake

Question: what is it about the appalling suits who run much of football that makes them think they and their clubs are above criticism? Answer: a mixture of control freakery, arrogance and sheer stupidity (more…)

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Do they mean us? An ‘unsympathetic’ Arsenal view of Sunderland

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

What is it about Arsenal? Some of us like them as a club, certainly by comparison with the rest of the London mob, and a few of us think the world of Arsène Wenger, myopia and all. But when it comes to talking about us, some Gooners do have a special way with condescension. Forget […]

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How Dare We? Ugly Aston Villa-WBA scenes were troubling but unrepresentative

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

The events of Saturday evening in the Midlands offered a salutary reminder that while football hooligans may have been tamed, they have not completely gone away. But let’s not get things out of perspective; the worst of the dark age is just a nasty memory … (more…)

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You thought football had left the neanderthal age? See these Chelsea fans …

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

NB: what you see above is just an impression of the clip: since The Guardian has chosen to block access via YouTube to footage it should want the world to see, I will use the BBC link suggested by Phil in the comment below. See it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31515624 The bad news is that this happened […]

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How Dare We? A letter from Liverpool (and Everton, wherever that is)

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Colin Randall writes: John McCormick supports Sunderland, of course, but lives in Liverpool. Even if he did not, he’d be entitled to a view about Liverpool/Everton stadium plans. After all, we’ve all been, or most of us have, to Anfield and Goodison. Here is what John makes of the interminable ramblings in Scouseland about where […]

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Malky and messages?

when does League 1 start?

I was in the Lakes when it happened, Ian Moody resigning and then Malky not taking the job he hadn’t been offered; at least that’s how I interpreted the brief glances at TV screens as I wandered Keswick and its environs looking for news about Fabio and his non-arrival. It was much to do about […]

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French Fancies: PSG demand an early bath from football for Butting Brandão

Jake: l'artist

Any day now, we may hear from some football official in Sao Paulo, having taken lessons from the Uruguayan FA following the Luis Suarez biting scandal, that Europeans just don’t understand Latin American footballing traditions. There are clues as to what possessed Bastia’s Brazilian Evaeverson Lemos da Silva, commonly known as Marlon Brandão, to lie […]

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

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And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all […]

Alim Ozturk gets the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

No time for much else, but Salut! Sunderland could not let the signing of Alim Ozturk – our first acquisition […]

Charlton at home to start. Seaside promotion party at Southend to finish?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request […]

World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]