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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 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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Season End Reviews: (3) wretched management, strip and team (and why I’ve renewed)

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After the humiliating if inevitable confirmation of another relegation, we all start to clutch at straws, says Monsieur Salut. My […]

‘Yes Newcastle are gloating but there but for the grace of Rafa go us’

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

Nick Donaldson is a smashing bloke in all respects save that he supports Newcastle United. A past winner of the […]

Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

'Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith.' Click on the cartoon to read Monsieur Salut's tale of woe

Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

Promotion at first attempt!

Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]