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Sunderland Ladies’ double demotion: the questions Baroness Sue Campbell won’t answer

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Forgive Salut! Sunderland for being appalled at the double demotion of SAFC Ladies, guilty of no wrongdoing, and thus taking another dig at the FA, SAFC and maybe the SAFC Ladies management itself. Since no one has properly explained, no one knows who is most to blame … As everyone who cares will know, Sunderland […]

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The scandal of seventh-top Sunderland Ladies’ exclusion from the Women’s Super League

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It is no secret that Monsieur Salut feels a monstrous miscarriage of natural justice has occurred with the double demotion of Sunderland AFC Ladies who,amid the mess of the parent club, admirably finished last season seventh in the highest tier of women’s football in England, only to be consigned to the lower league. My analogy? […]

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Farewell Billy Jones and Callum McManaman and welcome Glenn Loovens

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Salut! Sunderland extends a hearty welcome to Glenn Loovens, who arrives as a free agent having been released by Sheffield Wednesday, while also bidding farewell to Billy Jones (to Rotherham) and Callum McManaman (to Wigan). No time to do much more than quote safc.com on the new signing of a much-needed defender, getting on a […]

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Should Sunderland be giving away a lot less about transfer targets?

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Monsieur Salut discusses the need for a sensible balance between openness and discretion in the pre-season transfer market… Who knows? By the time I finish writing this, or soon afterwards, Sunderland could have clinched the signings of two strikers, a central defender and a midfielder. If so, the concerns I am about to address will […]

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Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

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As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s long gone any way, if previously on loan – to Wahbi Khazri. (more…)

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How our Coventry friends hijacked Salut! Sunderland’s League One promotion poll

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No sour grapes. We – or those of us with too much time on our hands – might well have done the same to them. Anyone looking in recent days at John McCormick’s detailed and scrupulously fair articles, accompanied by a poll inviting readers’ views on who will win promotion next season, will have seen […]

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Bravo England and Sunderland’s Jordans. And now, Allez les Bleus

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Monsieur Salut writes: so sad. England should have been two or three up at half time but lost their way after the interval. Only the sort of toerags who jump on ambulances would deny that Croatia grew stronger and stronger in the second half while England wilted. For Sunday’s final, Monsieur Salut’s personal disappointment – […]

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The improving image of Sunderland AFC. New kit revealed

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, writes……..Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven appear to be men of their word. OK Charlie is a professional PR guru so we’d expect him to be good at his job, but so far the new owners are delivering: * a new manager who seems to be developing a positive work ethic and […]

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New club sponsor. And he’s a supporter

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Salut! Sunderland has had, broadly, amicable relations with Sunderland AFC. It could have been better, it could have been worse. Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven give the impression of wanting such relations to grow stronger, not weaker. That goes for the mainstream media as well as for the fan sites, big and small. We are […]

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In conversation with Charlie Methven: (4) what is the least Sunderland should expect?

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It is time to conclude our series based on (mainly) electronic conversations between Salut! Sunderland writers and Charlie Methven, executive director of the club and a minority shareholder. We thank Charlie for his time and full, diligent responses. Not every Sunderland supporter is yet convinced, either that the takeover from Ellis Short leaves Stewart Donald, […]

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Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]

Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

Jake: 'back on the Wembley trail?'

Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday […]

SAFC vs Sheffield Wednesday prize Guess the Score: we’re the underdogs

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It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league […]

View From the North West Corner: give Catts a break

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Following a lot of public criticism of one of our players by followers of The Black Cats, Malcolm Dawson appeals […]

After a four-point start to the season, it is time for the carping to stop?

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Three references to the approach some Sunderland supporters adopt towards their club caught the eye yesterday and today, says Monsieur […]

A Long and Winding Road leads to Luton Town and a hard fought draw

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John McCormick writes: I woke up this morning feeling fine and decided that, as Pete Sixsmith had introduced a musical theme […]