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End of season reviews 2016-17 (1): ‘hire and fire’ is the Lars word

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

STOP PRESS – Lars submitted this piece well before the season end, before the Arsenal game in fact. It has been sitting in the draft folder for a week and would you know it – within minutes of it going live Moyes resigns. MD Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, writes: at the end of a season […]

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The Lars word: memories are made of this

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

It was towards the end of last season that Lars Knutsen last appeared on these pages. I’ll let him bring you up to date with his thoughts and memories, some good, some bitter-sweet. All I’ll say is, “Welcome back, Lars”   (more…)

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The Lars Word: acclaim from a big Sam fan

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

As Lars Knutsen says, the season’s not over yet, writes John McCormick. But we’re all walking just that bit taller and smiling just that bit wider. The reason, according to Lars, is that we have a manager who is not just up to the job of keeping us up but who is also capable of […]

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The Lars Word: six things Big Sam has brought to Sunderland

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Malcolm Dawson writes…….Lars Knutsen might sound as if he was brought up on gravadlax and smorgasbord but with his East Boldon roots he is more of a corned beef and potato pie or stotty cake kind of guy. Having said that he now spends time working in the US but will soon be back in […]

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The Lars Word: from Keano to Advocaat – and then Big Sam?

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Lars Knutsen has had about as much ‘excitement’ as a Sunderland supporter can take. He wants the S word – stability – along with enhanced Premier status. Here, he looks back with some admiration on Roy Keane’s time at the club and ponders Dick Advocaat and succession. His choice for the Dutchman’s successor, assuming his […]

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The Lars Word: Sunderland is in England too ye knaa!

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..whilst we are waiting for those who could get to The Cottage last night to send us their stuff, we’ve time to fit in a piece from Lars Knutsen who despite the Scandanavian name is as Mackem as they come and now lives part of the time in Cambridge UK and the rest […]

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The Lars Word: looking back, looking forward

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

John McCormick writes: Lars Knutsen, who has been gracing these pages a lot longer than me, has made a resolution to post more on this site. That can only be good, as you can see from his reflections on the year we’ve had and the transfer window that opened a few hours ago: (more…)

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The Lars Word: instilling style and identity at SAFC

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Over from his USA exile, soaking up the glories of Lindisfarne (Holy Island not – whisper it – fondly remembered Mag band), Lars Knutsen offers some thoughtful views on the style he sees evolving under Gus Poyet … (more…)

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Wembley and Safe (6): Sunderland fans – long term lovers of pain

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Fans of the radio show “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue” will know that one of the long term favourite rounds, inevitably at the end of the programme, is the “Late arrivals at the …….ball.” Panellists are given a theme and come up with terrible puns based on it. For example if the […]

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The Lars Word: daring to believe again

Fabio Borini - boom? Or bust?

Lars Knutsen was downbeat ahead of Chelsea and said so in a piece he submitted early on matchday but which no one among Salut! Sunderland‘s regiment of editors had time to post. Rather than rewrite the whole article in the light of the famous victory that followed, Lars tells us what he originally wrote, massages […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]

Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people […]

Carlisle United vs SAFC Guess the Score: a winning bounceback after Leeds?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut confesses: thank heavens no one went for Sunderland 0-2 Leeds. There are quite enough people who could tell […]

Sixer’s Leeds United Soapbox: ‘finish above this lot and SAFC go up’

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Pete Sixsmith had almost forgotten what it was like to have to churn out, week after week, doom-laden masterpieces combining […]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Leeds United 2 – early season promise arrested by the boys in blue

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We’ve seen it before of course. A great chance to take the lead is cleared off the line and almost […]

The Sunderland AFC collection: fine art prints for Black Cats fans

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..like most websites Salut! Sunderland gets approached from time to time to plug various commercial enterprises and whilst […]