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PDC’s sacking: (4) Wise Man Says ‘no professionalism, no respect, good riddance’

'You decide,' as Jake used to say. But is there a middle ground?

Gareth Barker is half of the dynamic duo that brings you the regular Salut! Sunderland podcast. There is no requirement to go along with a word he now has to say, It is, as he freely acknowledges, a rant. But a rant from the heart … After much stewing and engagement in argument/discussion across social […]

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All change at Stoke, all change at Sunderland – and both for the better

Gareth Barker has been thinking about Mark Hughes’s appointment as replacement for the sacked Tony Pulis at Stoke City and this led him to reflect again on Sunderland’s dramatic change from Martin O’Neill to Paolo Di Canio. In his parallel Sunderland universe, Gareth sees another 1-1 draw. Both clubs, he argues, got it right … […]

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Transformation since Man Utd debacle reveals more to Paolo than ‘passion’

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Gareth Barker imagines what an onlooker from his own parallel universe might have made of the dismal display against Manchester United that was quickly followed by MoN’s exit, looks back on Paolo Di Canio’s mostly winning start and gets reacquainted with enjoying life … (more…)

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Adam Johnson’s post-Man City blues. Now the turn of the defence

When Adam Johnson finally beat the first defender with a corner at Loftus Road, but only by lofting the ball behind the goal, it was a piece of comic cuts football that seemed to encapsulate his season. The expensive move, the high wages and the perception of underachievement have weighed heavily in worrying times for […]

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Meanwhile, in a parallel Sunderland universe…

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

Stephen Goldsmith writes, Well I have finally managed to find the log in details that were stashed away in an offline safe, following the site being hacked by our Iraqi friends. In a new monthly feature, the returning and permanent Gareth Barker explains what may well have been if those little game changing-incidents had panned […]

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]