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Gloom descends over the post-Arsenal dinner party

Arsenal fans** will probably not care a hoot, but this part of Salut! Sunderland hopes they have a championship to toast at the end of the season. As for us, the next few games, mostly at home, will define our season, admits Steve Bruce. In how many recent years have we heard a similar refrain? […]

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Arsenal-Sunderland Observed

The Observer again asked Salut! Sunderland to sum up the game and Pete Sixsmith was ready and able to build on his seven-word Sixer’s Sevens verdict (“Seen worse, but the slide goes on”). Let’s start, though, with a Gunner’s view: Louise Cowburn, Observer reader: It was quite a good match especially after the other night, […]

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Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0: no disgrace, but no punch

Yet another defeat dumps Sunderland in deep trouble. We now face a steep uphill battle to regain respectability in mid-table while further lapses at home could send us down. But we were not disgraced at the Emirates – and might even, with a spot of good fortune, have stolen a point … First of all, […]

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Last word before Arsenal: put egg on our faces, Lads

So it has been Arsenal and Arsene Wenger’s week: wall-to-wall coverage at Salut! Sunderland of the build-up to today’s game at the Emirates – plus our Alsacien friend’s intemperate attack on the Porto match referee, Martin “hand of Thierry” Hannsson. Incompetent or dishonest, said Wenger, before prudently settling for “not competent” (an insult that should […]

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Prime Minister drawn into women’s football scandal

It had to happen sooner or later. Gordon Brown has become embroiled in the scandal over the exclusion of Sunderland Women’s football club from the proposed Super League of eight teams – despite being current Premier League leaders, FA (Women’s) Cup finalists last season and a team containing nine international players at different levels. The […]

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Ha’way the Lasses? Haddaway says the FA

It is not such a shock that women’s football in England is to have a super league trimmed to eight clubs. What are shocking and, if true, an utter disgrace, are reports that the current leaders of the women’s Premier division, Sunderland, have been excluded from this elite. The FA has been responsible for plenty […]

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Good news, bad news ahead of the Emirates

Lots of Arsenal fans were drawn into some great crack here over the weekend. Some of them said kind things, but they are probably all looking at this Saturday as a home banker. That sort of means we have nothing to lose. But there’s a lot of pride to play for after the recent dismal […]

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West Ham’s pay cut saga: the way forward for us too?

David Sullivan’s warning that everyone at West Ham, the club he now co-owns, faced a 25 per cent pay cut did no harm to the players’ mood, the Hammers dismissing Birmingham City with a minimum of fuss to put more pressure on us at the bottom of the Premier. As our own aversion to winning […]

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Portsmouth 1 Sunderland 1: sorry Niall, sorry Steve

Another game against lowly opposition, another failure to show ourselves to be in a different class. Colin Randall endures last-ditch heartbreak – and a missed golden opportunity to win for a change – at Fratton Park Sorry Niall, sorry Steve: if only you had taken the players on a pre-match inspection of the away end […]

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A tricky visit to Fratton Park, but time to deliver

An 11-hour flight from Beijing gave Colin Randall plenty of time to ponder gloomily on Sunderland’s present predicament … Niall Quinn has reason to remember Nov 20 1997. It was, if my memory is correct, the last time Sunderland managed to win at Portsmouth and his was the first of four goals in a superb […]

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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 […]

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? […]

For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

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

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]