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The Robson Report: in an SAFC world without Poyet, who’d be next?

Still not the start of ‘Wembley and Bust’, the series in which our contributors will discuss what went so drastically wrong. But Jeremy Robson feels it in his bones that Gus is about to hop on a one-way bus trip. Who would come in to pick up the pieces, rebuild for a different task (gaining [...]

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The Robson Report: what on earth happens next?

The time for the proper inquest is not quite with us. Soon enough, Salut! Sunderland contributors will be having their say on a season that has had one high spot but otherwise trundled relentlessly towards the abyss. That doesn’t stop us thinking about the mess we’re in and Jeremy Robson offers some preliminary conclusions …

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The Robson Report: crucial time ahead for Poyet and Short

Jeremy Robson sees a ray of hope in what to date has been a lousy season. But to keep the hope alive he asks the owner to once again back the manager/head coach in the forthcoming transfer window. Where does the hope come from? We might be bottom of the league and struggling for victories. [...]

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The Robson Report: Atkinson’s Arsenal shocker is last straw for me

Jeremy Robson wears heart on sleeve and is undeniably one for the dramatic gesture. Most of us tore out what hair we might have had in despair at Martin Atkinson’s appalling decision not to play the advantage rule when Jozy Altidore ‘scored’ on Saturday. Along with the decision to award Sagna a yellow and not [...]

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The Robson Report: PDC makes it so simple; why couldn’t O’Neill?

Some of the most thought-provoking analysis of things that matter to Sunderland AFC supporters comes from the great Mackem diaspora. This comment on the Blackcats e-mail list – “the older I get the more I become convinced that it really is a simpler game than the coaches, tacticians and (especially) pundits would have us believe” [...]

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The Robson Report: Di Canio must judge who’s fit to wear the shirt

Every cloud … you know the rest. One silver lining is the return from self-imposed exile of Jeremy Robson. To the immense relief of many, Salut! Sunderland imagines, here is an almost exclusively back-to-basics assessment of past failings and the hefty challenges facing Paolo Di Canio. Next, we’ll be getting medals or brownie points in [...]

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Robson Report: Chelsea, now Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, conjure managerial mayhem

A Forest fan on the radio expressed the hope that Roy Keane’s presence at the 4-2 defeat of Leeds did not mean he was about to be named manager. More rang in to register disgust at the treatment of Sean O’Driscoll. Meanwhile, Henning Berg’s reign at Ewood Park also ends, in his case after fiftysomething [...]

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The Robson Report: Martin O’Neill’s best man speech

There were a variety of views about just why the team’s performances and results this season have been less than satisfactory in our mini series MON One Year On. Whilst most of our contributors were still behind the manager, Jeremy Robson was not so sure. Now, after the interview on MOTD when his self belief [...]

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The Robson Report: Gardner as Mr Bean. And guess the Wigan score

Image: vagueonthehow We hear often enough of football’s darker side, perhaps not enough on the good works many players willingly perform (honest: the juxtaposition of Catts and Gardner is purely accidental!). Jeremy Robson plants a fully deserved pat on the back of Craig Gardner and could probably persuade the kids of Biddick Junior, Washington to [...]

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The Robson Report: Hillsborough guilt and shame and glimmers of human compassion

The Hillsborough report has shocked all who have an ounce of compassion and care about decency in public life. Some messengers – notably The Sun – also bear culpability and Kelvin MacKenzie’s ‘profuse apologies’ now do not wash. But always remember it was the public services, or champions of those working within them, that created [...]

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Sunderland vs Cardiff ‘Who are You?’: on Tan, Malky, Ole and relegation

Phillip Nifield seems a decent character. He and Monsieur Salut pursued the same, now dying trade; he found life after [...]

SAFC vs Cardiff City: Guess the Score in this ‘massive crunch match’

No one correctly guessed the score at Chelsea. That does not mean no Salut! Sunderland reader could bring himself or [...]

The Way It Is: where readers can have their say on anything

Cup excitement has been and gone and we’re back to the grind of fighting for our Premier League lives. So [...]

Awards surely premature, but Mannone and Borini deserve their acclaim

It seems odd, rather too soon and unnecessary to be naming players as best of the season. With four immensely [...]

Ganterbury Tales: a Sobs guide to the lifetime adventure of SAFC support

Monsieur Salut writes: I have long envied Sobs. Paul Dobson, that is. We tend to meet only at away games, [...]

Keir’s Player Ratings: a four-point harvest from Manchester City and Chelsea

Nic Wiseman, fresh from being told on Twitter by Sky’s SAFC-supporting David Jones that It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand [...]

Best away game in ages: still drooling about Chelsea game and Seb

Salut! Sunderland readers are generally too sensible to get carried away, says Monsieur Salut. Maybe because I need something to [...]