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The Lars Word: the golden dream of midtable obscurity for Sunderland

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Lars Knutsen returns to these pages after a brief absence with his own thoughts on a run of form that given us assured glory, come what may on Match 3, and real hope … (more…)

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The Lars Word: sorry Steve Bruce and Hull, we’ll have last laugh

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

Tempting providence or not, Lars Knutsen feels Steve Bruce may be left with egg on his Newcastle-supporting, Sunderland-phobic face after missing a fair few grand opportunities to shut up with his whining … (more…)

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The Lars Word: as the screaming subsides, beware the late-night Beretta

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

In his first article here after a spell of stunned silence, Lars Knutsen reflects on a heady weekend and contrasts the styles of the successive head coaches … (more…)

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The Lars Word: take heart, PDC, things can only get better

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Lars Knutsen remembers Sunderland managers he has met, with especially fond memories of seeing Peter Reid and his players at what people rightly still call the Seaburn Hotel, celebrating a famous win at St James’ Park, and looks briefly at the records of those who had to make do without meeting him … (more…)

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The Lars Word; crime and punishment (and the future), Di Canio style

Jake's images brighten these pages

As Salut! Sunderland edges ever closer to a two-million hits milestone, readers are invited to enter the smart-alec competition at http://salutsunderland.com/2013/06/salut-sunderlands-two-million-hit-party-even-newcastle-are-invited/. I have attractive prize details to announce very soon. Meanwhile, Lars Knutsen looks ahead to what is needed in the coming season – and back at the efforts PDC has been making to impose […]

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The Lars Word: energy, drive, enthusiasm and entertainment just around the corner

Jake's stars in our eyes - and up some noses!

Either that or shattered nerves have sent Lars Knutsen round the bend. He expects Wigan to stumble at the Emirates tonight and we all know what that would mean, unless stumble were to equal draw and they then thumped Villa by a cricket score while we lost heavily at Spurs (a combination of 6-0 and […]

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The Lars Word: and the winner is … Paolo Di Canio

Jake: Were the press against him form the start?

Lars Knutsen and Monsieur Salut disagree on one matter – whether Sunderland AFC’s handling of the Paolo Di Canio appointment was exemplary or poor – but that is an honest disagreement which will be familiar to many other supporters. Where we can probably all agree is that the appointment itself has so far, on purely […]

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The Lars Word: where’s Cattermole when a stuttering season needs him?

With Sunderland playing as if possessed by a death wish and commentators asking what has gone wrong, some supporters are raising awkward questions of their own. What has happened to dressing room spirit? Why was there an absence of intense collective celebration when Craig Gardner equalised on Sunday? Lars Knutsen considers reasons for our current […]

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The Lars Word: let’s have some New Year’s resolution lads!

God Jul, Glaedelic Jul, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Natal, Kala Christouyenna, Sawadee Pee Mai, Nollaig Chridheil dhuibh, Nollaig Shona Dhuit, Merry Christmas. To reflect the global readership of Salut!Sunderland our Scandavian correspondent Lars Knutsen reflects on Sunderland’s season so far and suggests the team adopt some New Year resolution in the rest of the […]

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The Lars Word: Fulham win offers belated glimpses of team’s potential

Lars Knutsen touching base

Not quite the Last Word on Fulham v Sunderland. My fellow Craven Cottage Neutral Ender Pete Sixmsith will also be offering his thoughts on a day in the Smoke. Sunderland supporters are divided as to how good we were at Fulham, as opposed to lucky. Lars Knutsen found ample cause for satisfaction … (more…)

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We almost forgot. Moyes was still manager when the Chapman Report visited Chelsea

not giving up

Robert Chapman, an ever-welcome stand-in for Pete Sixsmith when the Sixer considers a game unworthy of his presence, was at […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

Sixer'sSoapbox(featured image)

John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire […]

Moyes out? He is now

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Monsieur Salut writes: as perhaps the least surprising outcome of the worst Sunderland season since, well, the last worst Sunderland […]

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 […]

Hutch’s Patch post-Chelsea: ‘culpable, fragile, tragic’ – match the words and players

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison – inexplicably renamed Ron when this first appeared – gets to lots of games, almost all of them […]

Moyes on the boys v Chelsea: players came in and acquitted themselves well

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A dire end to a dire season. In the end Chelsea strolled past us. David Moyes says in his post-match […]