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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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SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (2) poignant Wembley memories

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  Monsieur Salut writes: Kathryn Townsley, our Hull City ‘Who are You?’ interviewee, talked here yesterday about all sorts of […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (1) who will avoid the drop?

Jake: 'you may have seen this one before - M Salut just deleted the date'

Monsieur Salut writes: although we sometimes – OK, often – go back to familiar faces for the Who are You? […]

SAFC vs Hull City prize Guess the Score: the annual relegation scrap

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Oh dear, muses Monsieur Salut. The piece below was prepared before the Cardiff debacle. Will anyone be left to predict […]

Wrinkly Pete says: to be or not to be a borrower, that is the question

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John McCormick writes: It’s appropriate as we look towards Hull, well known Capital of Culture, that we get into the […]

Sixer’s sub’s soapbox: Grounds for pessimism after Cardiff

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Pete Sixsmith didn’t quite take the day off but the trip he made was a short one, only over the […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings from Cardiff: hang your heads in shame Sunderland

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Olivia Hutchison has done nothing to deserve the pain inflicted on her by Sunderland AFC when she goes with her […]