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The Euros, gone but not forgotten (though I’m trying)

I was originally against expanding the European Championship. I thought bringing in “small” (in footballing terms, I intend no disrespect) countries would lead to a bloated, overlong tournament. I was right wasn’t I? Having 16 qualifiers from 24 led to stultifying games where the object was not to lose, rather than to play scintillating football, […]

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The people have spoken: Hull, Burnley and Bournemouth to leave the union

Would you believe that some people, somewhere, think Man Utd  will be relegated? And that others say the axe will fall on Spurs, Chelsea, or Man City. Some even say Arsenal will go down. That’s democracy for you, so please, please, no histrionics, vitriol or gratuitous insults. There have been enough of them these past few […]

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Not quite Real Madrid, not quite Barcelona. But better than Swansea and Stoke

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a timely review of Deloitte’s “Money League”, which usually comes out in January or February (it was January this year). But when there’s a battle to be fought there’s not much room, time or inclination to give some thought to a little piece of meaningless self-publicity, which […]

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Our best defenders: part 2, in praise of John O’Shea

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

We started our season at Leicester with a line up that included Seb Coates and Costel Pantsilimon. Substitutes included Adam Matthews, who came on for Billy Jones. By the time we got to the final game Seb Coates, Costel Pantsilimon and Adam Matthews were no longer at the club. Billy Jones, subbed 12 games previously and subsequently dropped, came […]

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Our best defenders: Part 1, individual comparisons

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

When I did my analysis of our midfield I said it would probably be one of two posts but there was so much to collect and compare that I decided to split the second part into two. To begin, I’m using stats from  hosted stats.com, Squawka.com and my own sums to look at individual performances. Who do you think is better […]

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Jeremain Lens: our best midfielder (or maybe not)

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

  Blame Rob, who suggested we needed an article on squad analysis when I did my last review of “relegation watch”. Or Malcolm, whose idle speculation led to the idea of specific comparisons. Some of them weren’t particularly enticing but they planted a seed so I trooped off to hosted.stats.com and did a bit of digging. Then I did […]

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Relegation poll: Middlesbrough, Hull or Sunderland? Arsenal and Manchester Utd? Vote now

I’m getting a bit tired of the title (and Monsieur Salut should apologise to any reader lured here by thoughts it was a poll on religion; the word inexplicably replaced relegation in the headline when published and still appeared some time later at the newsnow.co.uk site) . But just because we have some decent players, […]

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Relegation watch revisited (2): It was the draws wot done it

The season before last we won only 7 games and we stayed up. We even finished above Aston Villa, who won 10, as well as QPR and Hull City, whose 8 wins each could not stave off relegation. The other relegated team, Burnley, had 7 wins, the same as us. The difference between us and […]

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Relegation watch revisted (1): admit it, we fans know nowt about football*

Regular visitors will know I’ve been in the habit of looking at the relegation spots for the last couple of years. I haven’t wanted to, it’s just that I’m not sure where the top half of the table is. So, about a year ago, instead of making my own predictions, I asked readers which clubs […]

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Sunderland season reviews (1): the rocky road to survival

It’s time again for Salut! Sunderland writers, regular or occasional, to look back on a season that carried the now customary threat of relegation before bursting into life with another of our extraordinary late escapes. The reviews will appear pretty much in the order they are received – feel free to have a go if […]

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On tour with Sunderland AFC: home thoughts from abroad with Peter Horan

Malcolm Dawson writes………I gave some serious thought to going down to France for the pre-season friendlies but in the end […]

Sixer Says: grains of hope in 3-2 defeat of Dijon

Dijon is a fairly attractive town set in the beautiful region of Burgundy. Links between there and Sunderland probably don’t […]

A cut above: Borini, Fellaini and Salut! Sunderland’s tonsorial team selection

So who do you think looks better?! @TeamMessi Do you think he tried to copy me?! ??? pic.twitter.com/EjHoNDYRRz — Fabio […]

Emotional turmoil – Sunderland’s summer so far

It’s becoming a little repetitive on Wearside. A positive end to a season that at one time seemed doomed. Hopes […]

What to call David Moyes’s post-match emails. He can enter, too

We may be humouring ourselves in describing the post-match missives of Sunderland’s successive managers as being all their own work. […]

Sixer at Rotherham: N’Zogbia shines as Moyes looks on

Malcolm Dawson writes…..all change at Sunderland AFC on Saturday morning with the official appointment of David Moyes but one thing […]