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The Lars Word: how to end Sunderland’s drawing habit while remaining hard to beat

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Lars Knutsen looks at the undeniable problem facing Jack Ross: how to inspire his players to stop dropping so many points because of a failing to build on or protect leads … Are Sunderland AFC now ready to emerge from this season’s “bad patch”? More to the point, does our record since November 17 – […]

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The Lars Word: how depression may strike even the most talented of footballers

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Lars Knutsen makes a welcome return to these pages with his view of the season so far, a quick take on the Charlton game that adds a new dimension to Colin’s report and a perspective that I suspect very very of us will have taken as we watch the “will he, won’t he stay” saga […]

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The Lars Word: from Legend to legend in waiting in only twenty steps (and 16 years)

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John McCormick writes: We have another full week coming up. I’ve got something ready to post on Tuesday, then I’m sure M Salut will post a “Guess that score” – another winner last Saturday – and a “Who are You?” midweek, and probably in that order, then we’ll get ready for the weekend with Pete […]

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Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership will be confirmed shortly (in respect of which here’s the latest club statement). Until it is we won’t know what will happen, although we all know what we want – in a word, success. No doubt […]

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The Lars Word: Cheer Up Peter Reid

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Lars Knutsen prefaced the e-mail which arrived this morning with “We need a win against Sheffield Wednesday”.  There’s no disagreement there. Nor will there be, I suggest, any disagreement with his proposition that “Reidy’s master coup was of course the signing of the legend, Kevin Phillips for a mere £375000 from Watford”. From Sheffield Wednesday […]

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The Lars Word from Bristol City 3-3 SAFC. From disgust to euphoria

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Lars Knutsen knows how to choose them. Back from his USA exile (correcting the earlier reference, he still travels there a lot but family needs prompted him to relocate), he made it to the Bristol City game. Pete Sixsmith has already woven his familiar magic; here is an outstanding account from Lars of his own […]

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The Lars word: Sunderland’s a Yo-yo team

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John McCormick writes: the transfer window has closed. Did Coleman get what he wanted? A keeper and an experienced forward – yes, although maybe not the ones originally on his radar. A defender and a midfielder up for the fight – yes, and the Scousers I’ve spoken to rate Ejaria. So will we stay up? […]

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

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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

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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

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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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Sixer’s Soapbox: Accrington have bottle. What about Sunderland?

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John McCormick writes: I hesitate to give an analysis from a TV broadcast but I thought Accrington Stanley’s confidence grew […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland manage to draw at home to Accrington Stanley

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John McCormick writes: this game coincides with the start of a real ale festival at the Masonic and I thought to […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team – Accrington Stanley

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….the games are coming thick and fast and thanks to the TV we have three home floodlit games […]

Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley prize Guess the Score. Time for players to raise their games

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Will Guess the Score predictions become gloomier, asks Monsieur Salut? Two losing scorelines were submitted for the Blackpool game, and […]

Accrington Stanley Who are You?: ‘a Sunderland occasion to relish- at the owner’s expense’

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Monsieur Salut writes: until a day or two ago, it seemed we’d have no Accrington Stanley interviewee for what would […]

Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: more of a damp squib than fireworks against Blackpool

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The current spate of fixtures which are coming thick and fast means an increased workload for Pete Sixsmith so Malcolm […]

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