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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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The Lars Word on starting the revival – at Everton or somewhere else soon

all stars

A visit home to Sunderland from US exile set Lars Knutsen thinking about when the GR – SAFC’s Great Revival – will start. Another defeat seems to many so obvious an outcome at Everton today that we might as well have have faxed the points to Goodison and saved on travel costs. But Lars recalls […]

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The Lars Word: great centre backs from King Charlie to John O’Shea

Lars Knutsen, Sunderland exile in the USA, praises the contributions of our centre-back regulars to the unbeaten start to the new season and looks back at the rock-like figures who played for SAFC in the days when there was one in the middle and he was called the centre-half … John O’Shea in action vs […]

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The Lars Word: surviving Suarez, a Sunderland fan’s soft spot for Liverpool

Despite a curious but brief boyhood flirtation with Peterborough United, Monsieur Salut does not really approve of “second teams”. But he can think of Sunderland supporters who would share Lars Knutsen‘s declaration of more than grudging respect and admiration for Liverpool – plus a few who would profess to loathe them … (more…)

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The Lars Word: Swansea, Chester and me

A little family history from Lars Knutsen, a lifelong Sunderland supporter whose Scandinavian roots were already known but who now declares the Swansea connection … (more…)

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The Lars Word: how charisma, determination and patience define Martin O’Neill

safc home hit

Lars Knutsen offers a hearty welcome to Martin O’Neill’s new acquisitions, applauds the manager’s role in persuading stars to come our way and quietly approves of heavy rain on Wearside … (more…)

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The Lars Word: Arsenal’s wastefulness with captains, how Wags view Sunderland’s shops

Tony Roffe's photo: Jake's adaptation

One last look at a game the mighty Untold Arsenal website* called Arsenal v Sunderbus, though you can also see what Monsieur Salut made of it at the new FC Network feature on the ESPN site A recently recruited addition to the Salut! Sunderland team, Lars Knutsen, exiled in the USA, takes encouragement from the […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]