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Sunderland in crisis: Ellis some way Short of convincing

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

The Northern Echo publishes the full transcript of an interview with Sunderland owner Ellis Short at the official club site. You can see and hear it at safc.com and decide for yourselves how searching the questions were. Salut! Sunderland will just pick out a few key points, all of which you’ll find amplified at the […]

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Grayson sacked. But what do the masters of his misfortune plan next?

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To no great surprise, Simon Grayson has been sacked after yet another wretched result, 3-3 at home to the Championship’s bottom club, Bolton Wanderers. Nice guy out of his depth or decent manager with all the odds stacked against him by a basket case of a football club. Either way, Grayson is no longer Sunderland’s […]

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One last look at the Bolton match Sunderland m**t w*n

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Salut! Sunderland tends to avoid, when it has its thinking cap on, such phrases as ‘must-win game’. It has become one of the more irritating of footballing cliches, on a par with the inability of newspapers and broadcasters to abstain from referring to people who ‘cannot be named for legal reasons’, which is among the […]

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Sunderland vs Bolton: recreate the spirit that saw off Chelsea and Everton

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Amid all the dross that flows from sportsmen given media platforms, without or perhaps usually with the aid of ghostwriters, a refreshingly incisive summing-up of the awful decline of Sunderland AFC appears in the Sunderland Echo column of Gary Rowell. This hero of Sunderland’s history – his proudest moment as a player for the club […]

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Not good enough, Sunderland. Not good enough, Simon Grayson

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  Footballers earning a great deal of money turned out at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon and, yet again, let down the supporters who, earning a great deal less, help to pay their wages. A manager, also earning very good money, chose the team, the tactics, the substitutions … so he, too, let […]

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Brentford v SAFC: Bees are buzzing after first home win in six months

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We know the feeling, the one Brentford had before beating Millwall 1-0 at Griffin Park, and we know it all too well. Sunderland have been waiting 10 months for a home win; they had to wait only six. Billy Grant, our excellent Brentford “Who are You?” interviewee, has already said he feels the Bees are […]

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‘The wreckage of Sunderland’. QPR site’s questions, our responses

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Monsieur Salut writes: Clive Whittingham, the editor of the QPR fan site Loft For Words, did the honours in our Who are You? hot seat. He asked for a reciprocal gesture which we were naturally happy to make. He also asked Roker Report and we are fine with that, too (I have to cast the […]

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Rock bottom, or worse ahead? Grayson on ‘five yards off the pace’ SAFC

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  Jason Steele may feel it was the curse of Salut! Sunderland. No sooner did we run a largely pro-Robbin Ruiter outsider’s piece on the battle for the No 1 jersey than Newton Aycliffe-born Steele is recalled to side only to concede five times. But in yet another painfully dismal display by Sunderland, producing a […]

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Homage to a West Ham fan: nothing and everything to do with SAFC

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Monsieur Salut writes: Charlie Whebell was just 64 when he died at the beginning of this month. He was not a Sunderland supporter but a Hammer through and through and right down to his solid East End roots. He was a treasured colleague, both in London and Abu Dhabi, and his presence, sparkle and wit […]

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Sunderland and the transfer window. How did we do?

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

As I write, with a few hours to go, the transfer window has been a damp squib for Sunderland. Maybe we’ll get Ross McCormack from Aston Villa. Maybe we won’t. Maybe there’ll be other signings, the timing smacking of desperation, the likely cost making us look a little League Two-ish. Papy Djilobodji is confirmed as […]

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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 […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (1) who will avoid the drop?

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Monsieur Salut writes: although we sometimes – OK, often – go back to familiar faces for the Who are You? […]

SAFC vs Hull City prize Guess the Score: the annual relegation scrap

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Oh dear, muses Monsieur Salut. The piece below was prepared before the Cardiff debacle. Will anyone be left to predict […]

Wrinkly Pete says: to be or not to be a borrower, that is the question

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John McCormick writes: It’s appropriate as we look towards Hull, well known Capital of Culture, that we get into the […]

Sixer’s sub’s soapbox: Grounds for pessimism after Cardiff

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Pete Sixsmith didn’t quite take the day off but the trip he made was a short one, only over the […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings from Cardiff: hang your heads in shame Sunderland

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Olivia Hutchison has done nothing to deserve the pain inflicted on her by Sunderland AFC when she goes with her […]