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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Ipswich Town’s Portman Road

Pete Sixsmith then (as in not so long ago)

John McCormick writes: Sunderland to Ipswich is not one of the longest journeys in the League. The straight line distance of just […]

Ipswich Town vs Sunderland Guess the Score: we have to win some time

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

For the second game in succession, Guess the Score was won on Saturday by our Who are You? interviewee from […]

Ipswich Town Who are You?: ‘give Grayson time,’ says Tractor Boy and Merthyr Town fan

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Dave Chamberlain*, a man after Monsieur Salut’s heart when it comes to music, readily a swered the call when we […]

Sixer Says: two cheers for Watmore as Under 23s lose to West Ham

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  Monsieur Salut writes: in fact there were many more cheers for a decent 70-minute outing for Duncan. The crowd […]

Sixer’s Cardiff City Soapbox: ‘where we go is a matter of debate’

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John McCormick writes: I’ve been unwilling to criticise Ellis Short in the past. I’ve held back where others haven’t. But […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Sunderland 1 Cardiff City 2. The worst team ever?

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Pete Sixmsith is back on duty after a midweek break, during which time he put together his thoughts about his visits […]