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A warm welcome to Jake Clarke-Salter. A slightly sour farewell to Lewis Grabban

Jake Clarke-Salter. Welcome and good luck

We have been this way before. Early activity in a transfer window seems positive and our hopes rise accordingly, only to be dashed by a combination of factors: the questionable SAFC managerial merry-go-round, an imbalance of expectation and delivery and the air of thick gloom hanging over the club. But Chris Coleman’s first move really […]

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Would Kirchhoff’s legs stand up to a short-term deal back at Sunderland?

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Back in November, the Sunderland Echo‘s thoughtful columnist Tony Gillan posed the interesting question: “Are Jan Kirchhoff’s legs so wonky that he couldn’t be offered a rolling contract? (more…)

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Sheffield United Soapbox (another Sixer substitute): a shamefully feeble surrender

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith is making his return to post-Santa duties in a gradual sort of way, a Sixer’s Seven here, that smashing series on The First Time Ever I Saw Ground/Team there. I could hardly decline his invitation to step in with the Soapbox from Bramall Lane, painful as it is to write […]

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For days like this, we follow Sunderland? Not quite but beating Fulham gladdened the heart

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  Monsieur Salut, only an occasional presence at games, offers some thoughts on a satisfying first pilgrimage to the Stadium of Light since, well, we were a Premier League side …. With apologies to all the people I would also have liked to meet but couldn’t, let it be recorded that even a punishing drive […]

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Lee Cattermole: for better or for worse, time to go? Vote now

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 ? It is fair to say Lee Cattermole has long divided opinion among Sunderland supporters. Perhaps all or certainly most of us appreciate the commitment, that desire to win or at least avoid defeat, that epitomises his game. We may even, occasionally, respect his willingness to ‘take one for the team’. And opposing fans often […]

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Coleman’s challenge: turning football’s laughing stock into reasons to be cheerful

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Beyond blind faith, a commodity in large if diminishing supply among Sunderland supporters, perhaps the main source of hope for an unexpected victory at Villa Park is the power of new manager bounce. But what a fillip it would give to the demoralised faithful to be able, for only the second time this season, to […]

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Poll closes on Sunderland managership issue as Coleman appointment looms

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Well that was a waste of everyone’s time. As Sunderland dawdled towards an appointment, our poll attracted just under 100 votes. (more…)

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Sunderland, West Ham and Moyes. Sixer takes on Marco

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It might be an exaggeration to say that pouring over the misfortunes of Sunderland AFC, and its sod-the-press-I-only-do-tame-inhouse-interviews owner, has become an international sport. But it’s certainly keeping the media busy. BBC Radio Newcastle’s Total Sport programme had the benefit of our Pete Sixsmith’s wisdom last night. He spoke gloomily about our immediate prospects – […]

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Wolves star wins player of the month. Grabban far behind BUT …

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They do not come much easier than Leo Bonatini’s first goal of the season, a mighty Sunderland-style defensive blunder by the Boro defender Daniel Ayala setting up his chance, well as he then took it. But the Wolves striker has been on fire since, his total of nine including five goals in October and that is […]

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Vote Grabban: bottom of the league, player-of-month shortlist

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

It feels almost surreal. But when you check that sliding green link you see at the foot of each page of Salut! Sunderland, the PFA player-of-the-month awards really do have a Sunderland player among the nominees. Maybe it is a step too far to contemplate an award for someone playing for a crisis club rooted […]

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The value of youth as Coleman seeks to build on the morale-boosting Hull victory

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Monsieur Salut writes: Chris Coleman has been effusive in his praise of the young stars of his third victory in […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Strange goings on as Hull City come to town

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John McCormick asks: Did you go to bed, or perhaps wake up, singing “The young ones”? Or maybe Bob and […]

Sixer’s Hull City sevens : Cliff Richard sang it in 1961 – will you be singing it tonight?

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Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text, fresh from the Stadium of Light, makes it clear that this was not just a […]

View from the North West Corner: a belated bye bye to James Vaughan

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….with M Salut sunning himself in the Caribbean, it is time I suppose, that one of us pays […]

The first time ever I saw your team: Hull City

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John McCormick writes: I’ve never been to the KC stadium but I have been to Boothferry Park, more than once. […]

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 […]