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As talks on selling Sunderland collapse, are things at last looking rosier?

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So we have reached June 29, the retail launch of the new and controversial home kit (I still like the front, hate the back) and a time of the summer when all the big or ambitious clubs, and most of the ones that are neither, are well advanced in preparing for the coming season. All […]

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Graham Noble RIP: an adopted SAFC fan who lived up to the surname

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

Monsieur Salut mourns the passing of a much-loved friend, former colleague and occasional occupant of Sunderland away ends … It has been a rotten time as far as bereavement is concerned. My next door neighbour in France, seemingly fit as a fiddle when he came round for drinks nine months ago, fell ill soon after […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

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The poll has had a good run and has now closed. The final vote updates the fugures you see below and is shown in each case in brackets as well as on the poll image. As you see, the question was whether, between them, Ellis Short and Martin Bain were – with their wretched dithering […]

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Already given up on SAFC promotion? Have your say in our poll

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

Even before the lamentable SAFC club statement on the bleak farce of the supposed attempts to sign a manager, Pete Sixsmith had – with customary eloquence and gallows humour – captured the miserable state of affairs with his piece entitled “The comic opera that is SAFC just now“. Then came the extraordinary statement announcing that […]

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Sunderland AFC: truly a wretched state of affairs

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Monsieur Salut writes: in case anyone wondered why Derek McInnes, and frankly any other self-respecting candidate for the long-vacant position of SAFC manager, might be tempted to run a mile … Do we blame Ellis Short? Probably. Do we also ask whether Martin Bain is completely clueless, or a victim of corporate folly? Either way, […]

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Jordan Pickford: a fond farewell and good luck at Everton

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We knew it was happening and have said as much here. So let’s just record, via the two clubs’ websites, the confirmed departure of Jordan Pickford for Everton. From us? A simple message of good luck – and gratitude for what he did and tried to do for the club we – and he – […]

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Your views on SAFC kit: from ‘absolutely vile’ to ‘okay’ or better

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Monsieur Salut reports on responses to our poll on Sunderland’s new home kit … Well, we asked the question as neutrally as possible and got the answer: a big thumbs-down for the new Sunderland home shirt. Of 111 votes at the last count – not too bad a sample by opinion poll standards but no […]

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Derek McInnes and SAFC: Aberdeen statement suggests nearly a done deal

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Derek McInness: photo via Aberdeen FC’s Facebook pages On days such as this, it would be wrong for Salut! Sunderland to detach itself from events in a cruel world away from football. Our sympathies and solidarity go out to all those affected or bereaved by the tragic fire in a tower block in north Kensington, […]

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Au revoir Jordan Pickford, Everton-bound. As good as we’ve had since Monty

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Monsieur Salut‘s immediate thoughts on news that Jordan Pickford is following Bournemouth-bound Jermain Defoe out of the SoL door … To no great surprise and, I am sure, to very little misplaced Mackem anger, Jordan Pickford is all but confirmed as an Everton player. (more…)

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Sunderland’s controversial new strip: your chance to counter my politically incorrect view

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Monsieur Salut writes: each close-season, we see a new set of SAFC kits. Each season, they divide opinion. I am clearly in a minority in liking, at least a little, the new home top. You may well disagree with me. Read on and have your say … What you see above is not the new […]

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As talks on selling Sunderland collapse, are things at last looking rosier?

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So we have reached June 29, the retail launch of the new and controversial home kit (I still like the […]

Reading at last? Norwich perhaps, or Derby, Leeds, ‘Boro and Sheffield? What’s your fancy?

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I was away last week and didn’t log on much, on account of having a temperamental handheld device (a tip […]

From tumult to torpor: could Sunderland finally burst into action?

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

For Sunderland supporters, the close season has been one big mess. Going down had been unpleasant, all the more so […]

Graham Noble RIP: an adopted SAFC fan who lived up to the surname

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

Monsieur Salut mourns the passing of a much-loved friend, former colleague and occasional occupant of Sunderland away ends … It […]

Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

The poll has had a good run and has now closed. The final vote updates the fugures you see below […]