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Sunderland 0 Man Utd 1: Martin the (now ex-) manager speaks

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   John Mac writes: A brief interlude before the chief getting back to the computer means I’m putting up Martin’s musings. I’m doing it as time ticks away and I’m hoping for away goals at Southampton and Wigan. Why am I feeling like this? For no other reason than Titus put his knee in the […]

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Martin’s Musings on Liverpool: fair’s fair but let’s hear it for Colback and Gardner

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Martin O’Neill‘s post-match e-mail recognises that Liverpool hardly robbed us but praises a good team effort and some outstanding individual performances … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings on beating Morecambe: ‘some really lovely football’

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A comfortable victory in the Capital One Cup left Martin O’Neill in good spirits as he gathered his thoughts for the post-match e-mail sent exclusively to Salut! Sunderland (and a few thousand others) … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings on keeping to script against Manchester United: time for reflection

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Last game of the season so Martin O’Neill’s last post-match e-mail to Salut! Sunderland (and a few others). As I awaited its arrival, I thought about what I’d like to find in it: relief that the season’s over, unbridled optimism for the next one, a hint of contrition? Would we have settled for 13th top […]

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Martin’s Musings on Fulham defeat: missed chances and costly concentration lapse

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Martin’s Musings on Bolton draw: outmuscled early, a sloppy slog later

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Martin O’Neill knows this was another disappointing display against opposition we should be capable of beating. Change must be very firmly in his mind … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings from Aston Villa: ifs, buts, maybes and a ‘wrong’ decision

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Martin O’Neill hoped for a triumphant return to Villa Park. In his post-match e-mail, he contemplates the sort of match any away team should expect to win. Sunderland withstood Villa’s somewhat frantic assaults on Mignolet’s goal, had ample chances to grab the three points and believed they’d done so when Bendtner hit the back of […]

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Martin’s Musings on a frustrating afternoon versus Wolves: ‘nervous, shackled, lacklustre’

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Martin O’Neill finds the right words in a downbeat post-match e-mail to explain another unacceptable performance from a team that ought to be able to make light work of opposition in the throes of Premier League death … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings from Everton: not good enough at Goodison

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Martin O’Neill is not one to make excuses and in his post match missive this is as close as he has come. But where other men’s explanations come across as whingeing, this manager’s are reflective and realistic leading as they do to the obvious. We were beaten again, by a team who performed much, much […]

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Martin’s Musings on Tottenham Hotspur: making a point, taking a point

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[/caption] With M Salut still suffering IT problems it falls to me pass on MON’s comment’s after yesterday’s hard fought draw. How many of you who could only watch the game on TV, I wonder, shared Alan Hansen’s view, sarcastically expressed, that this was hardly a classic? From my seat in the stand I thought […]

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Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

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

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]