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

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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?

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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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Monsieur Salut has a ticket. The ongoing bore of train strikes – who is the more obstinate, South West Railways […]

Salut! Sunderland – day 18 of our Advent Calendar who saw what?

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In the run up to Christmas Day, behind each door of the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar is an article written […]

Sixer’s Substitute’s Bristol Rovers Soapbox: Black Cats do just enough to snuff out the Gas

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Pete Sixsmith’s festive commitments means he has only one more game to miss before he returns to these pages after […]

Rate the ref: Thomas Bramall – Bristol Rovers at home

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Our first home league game since the series started, meaning this is our first opportunity to get the opinion of […]

Sixer’s Sevens: heavy weather against Bristol Rovers

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Pete Sixsmith remains busy on the Saturdays before Christmas so it’s a substitute performance over the weekend. Our deputy editor […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Bristol Rovers

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be in the North East for the home game but I have my eye on […]

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