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The Devil’s Advocate: stop squealing, stick together. And Eric Roy agrees

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Rob Hutchison keeps it short and, well, you can judge the sweetness … and our much-admired former midfielder Eric Roy tells us to be patient with the new or newish players … ‘Tis the season of peace and goodwill to all men, the season to be jolly, full of glad tidings and merriment. Not in […]

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Devil’s Advocate: Ndong in Gabon and a few home truths

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Rob Hutchison is a man of few words when sending us his post match ratings but every now and then he expands his thinking and tackles the issues that we might bounce about in the pub over a few bevvies. Today in the latest of his offerings where he plays devil’s advocate, he […]

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Devil’s Advocate: stand by our man Moyes despite the Stoke nightmare

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Monsieur Salut writes: Genius in adversity or just Pete Sixsmith in tip-top form yet again? Read his terrific report from the Stoke City game and make up your own mind. And here’s another excellent piece, this time from Rob Hutchison, who argues passionately against yet more upheaval … (more…)

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The Devil’s Advocate on PvA and mixed fortunes at Spurs and QPR

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Malcolm Dawson writes……man of few words Rob Hutchison (he of the one word player ratings) is becoming more garrulous these days with his regular take on events happening in and around the club that is Sunderland AFC. Here he reflects on the events of the past few days, although he’d hit the save key on […]

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The Devil’s Advocate: from Rochdale to Everton, from Kone to keepers

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John McCormick asks: what do you think of the reformatted former Johnstone’s Paint trophy? Did we really need to fork out for a two year contract for a third keeper? Will Victor Anichebe prove to be better than Danny Graham? My answers are “undecided”, “no”, “yes but that means nothing”. Rob Hutchison has his own opinions. Here […]

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The Devil’s Advocate: ‘I’ve seen the Mackem future and it’s bright.’ And bravo SAFC Ladies

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First, we applaud SAFC LAdies for a crucial 4-1 win at Doncaster Belles. Then stand by for the latest edition of Rob Hutchison‘s irreverent Devil’s Advocate, in which he may take a view directly contrary to your own … (more…)

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The Devil’s Advocate: a SAFC fan prepared to say ‘about time too’

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Rob Hutchison, master of the occasional one-word, one-mark matchday ratings, returns to devil advocacy, with some strident and, doubtless for some, controversial thoughts on our plodding progress in the transfer window … Hola kiddies . . . .another week in the life of Sunderland’s little devil. Middlesborough. Was it a derby? Of course it was. They’re […]

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The Devil’s Advocate: the unbridled joy that lies ahead for Sunderland fans

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Rob Hutchison – find him at Twitter on https://twitter.com/RobHSafc – is best known around here for his one-word ratings, always welcome and always arriving just as Monsieur Salut is about to go out, obliging little white lies to Mme Salut to cover the delay. He now launches an occasional new column, the idea for which […]

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We almost forgot. Moyes was still manager when the Chapman Report visited Chelsea

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Robert Chapman, an ever-welcome stand-in for Pete Sixsmith when the Sixer considers a game unworthy of his presence, was at […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

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John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire […]

Moyes out? He is now

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Monsieur Salut writes: as perhaps the least surprising outcome of the worst Sunderland season since, well, the last worst Sunderland […]

End of season reviews 2016-17 (1): ‘hire and fire’ is the Lars word

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

STOP PRESS – Lars submitted this piece well before the season end, before the Arsenal game in fact. It has […]

Hutch’s Patch post-Chelsea: ‘culpable, fragile, tragic’ – match the words and players

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison – inexplicably renamed Ron when this first appeared – gets to lots of games, almost all of them […]

Moyes on the boys v Chelsea: players came in and acquitted themselves well

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A dire end to a dire season. In the end Chelsea strolled past us. David Moyes says in his post-match […]