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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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Memo to Ellis Short: ‘please not Karanka, think John O’Shea’

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Barry Emmerson is a footballing man in the mould of Pete Sixsmith. In other words, he knows his stuff. He told Ellis Short as much when they found themselves answering the calls of nature at the same time at the Stadium of Light recently. Barry modestly suggested he could sort out Sunderland’s troubles and handed […]

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Moyes out? He is now

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Monsieur Salut writes: as perhaps the least surprising outcome of the worst Sunderland season since, well, the last worst Sunderland season (think McCarthy), David Moyes is no longer our manager. Some will say he should never have been our manager. I am honest enough to say I welcomed his appointment, much as I would have […]

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All good things come to an end: Sunderland’s relegation is mine too

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

Just before the start of the 2012-2013 season, Dom Raynor, then editor of ESPN FC, invited me to contribute regular articles on Sunderland to the club-by-club section of the site. These days, I am so used to being asked to work for nothing that I was surprised to discover they proposed to pay for these […]

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Rob Mason: an unsung Sunderland hero departs

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Rob Mason, departing editor of Sunderland AFC’s matchday programme, was – as has been noted here previously – utterly dignified and devoid of rancour in his pre-match conversation with Nick Barnes on BBC Radio Newcastle. He then endured the 2-0 defeat to Swansea; take 10 percent from the fat wages of the men and leader […]

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Thanks for the memories, Tommy Sorensen. Stoke, Aston Villa fans may agree

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Pete Sixsmith bids a fond farewell to Thomas Sorensen, a great Sunderland goalkeeper of recent times, as he puts away […]

Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints […]

Sixer’s Bradford Seven: Lens and Khazri excellent in friendly win

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… following his trip to Nottingham where Pete Sixsmith saw Shildon AFC come away with a two all […]

Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

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The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]