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Sixer Says: a warm welcome to Adam Matthews, stepping up from Celtic

Rest assured, stray Celtic fans, the headline is meant tongue in cheek. In fact, you can come here and tell us what sort of player Adam Matthews really is. There is no doubt that Big Dick is more comfortable working alongside a Director of Football than his immediate predecessors and we can be sure that [...]

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Thomas Sorensen, of Sunderland, Stoke, Villa and Denmark: a well-earned Sixsmith tribute

Just as the players (Coates included) were due to report back Pete Sixsmith’s extended season came to an end. But, unlike those on international duty, he doesn’t get extra time off. No sooner has he put his pen down from his other job than he has to pick it up for M Salut and take [...]

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Sixer Says (before disappearing): Wes Brown and what the retained list overlooks

Pete Sixsmith is about to vanish beneath a tall pile of exam papers to mark. It’s a wretched job but has to be done and helps towards season ticket purchases for SAFC and Durham County Cricket Club. Before he pulled on his history teaching/examiner’s hat, he took a look at Sunderland retained list (*see in [...]

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Sixer’s good news in threes: Advocaat’s return, Blatter’s downfall, a cricketing feast

Pete Sixsmith was quick off the mark in welcoming news of Dick Advocaat’s one-year term as head coach. Here is his considered view on this and other developments in football …

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Salut! Sunderland bids a grateful farewell to Dick Advocaat

Pete Sixmsith offers an appreciative, heartfelt and understanding adieu to our departing saviour. Even after just nine games in charge, Dick Advocaat will be a hard one to follow … Since I started writing for Salut! Sunderland I have written valedictory pieces for Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo di Canio and [...]

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Sunderland 1 Chelsea 0 as Mourinho’s Under 21s settle for play-acting

Week after week, whatever the team, a supporter famous or unknown comes to the Salut! Sunderland ‘Who are You?’ hot seat and expresses horror at one of the scourges of the current game: the squalid combination of diving, feigned injuries and attempts to get fellow professionals booked that has become so prevalent we ask interviewees [...]

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Sunderland 1-0 Everton: just the Under 21s but can this victory be an omen?

Hull were comfortably beaten at home by Arsenal, making it four out of six results from the weekend games, our own included, to go our way. That’s five out of six if Newcastle, their flimsy challenge tossed aside at Leicester, are sucked deeper into the danger zone. Pete Sixsmith decided the Under 21s game last [...]

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Sixer assesses survival chances and sees another away side score four in Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was at both of those games affecting SAFC and stayed to the bitter end, along with a few hundred others (or so it seemed). This time a scoreline with four goals for the away team left him smiling … Two more wins, two more wins………. That would almost certainly keep Sunderland in the [...]

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Sixer’s Goodbye to Gus: ‘my seat will be empty if SAFC go down …’

This is the essential piece on Gus Poyet’s dismissal. Over to a gloomy Pete Sixsmith … And so the deed has been done. The general consensus here in the North East is that it had to be after that performance on Saturday and that the club and the former Head Coach can now move on [...]

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Mandron, Watmore, Beadling sink West Ham Under 21s. Contenders for the Boleyn?

When there’s proper football to be had in the flesh, Pete Sixsmith isn’t likely to stay in to watch Man Utd vs Arsenal on the box, with United fans incensed at Michael Oliver’s application of relatively simple laws of the game. He took himself off to Hetton to see Sunderland’s Under 21s in winning action. [...]

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Summer Madness: (3) Sunderland’s foreign legion. Torre Andre Flo and other duds

Scarcely a day goes by without Sunderland being linked to a foreign player. Until proper announcements are made, we have [...]

Summer Madness: (2) the good, bad and ugly of Sunderland’s foreign legion (part one)

During the lull between seasons, where we peer through the mucky glass of the transfer window via the various speculations [...]

Sixer Says: a warm welcome to Adam Matthews, stepping up from Celtic

Rest assured, stray Celtic fans, the headline is meant tongue in cheek. In fact, you can come here and tell [...]

Relegation watch: still looking at Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich, with Leicester hanging on

What a website! On 15th June, in response to my “who went down, who’s going down?”  Dave left a comment [...]

Summer Madness: (1) on Man Utd being urged ‘forget our Man City Poznan’

Stephen Goldsmith, fondly remembered from this parish, unwittingly kicks off a series of Summer Madness retrospectives, good reads that deserve [...]

Lee Cattermole and Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates: two cracking signatures for Advocaat

For Metro, it was the signing of the summer, or at least Dick Advocaat’s summer. Then you look to see [...]