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The Robson Report: a Messi end to Brazil 2014

Not quite done with the World Cup yet. Jeremy Robson lets fly at the decision-making process that led to Lionel Messi being chosen as player of the tournament ahead, he says, of far more deserving participants …

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The Robson Report: Brazil 2014 – overblown, over hyped and over on Sunday

Jeremy Robson is not a man to shy away from a good debate. It could be said that had he studied for the Bar it would have been at the Devil’s School of Advocacy, but his observations are always incisive and well argued. He has been watching the affairs in Brazil with interest and shares [...]

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The Robson Report: biting thoughts on Suarez

This should really have preceded Malcolm Dawson’s short, timely piece on the Luis Suarez biting incident. Monsieur Salut had assorted domestic crises, a heavy extractor fan falling in the middle of the night to smash the hob and my Mac’s refusal to accept the valid password for wifi access being only two of them. So [...]

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Brazil 2014. Robson reports in: that phenomenally good and bad Suarez

John McCormick writes: Jeremy Robson has been busy lately but managed to catch up with the World Cup and pass on his thoughts. His considered appraisal of England’s performance and the reasons for it are well worth reading, be you fan, player, owner or member of the FA council. And, if you’re one of the [...]

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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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Salut! Sunderland: the way it is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is will [...]

Postcard from Portugal: praising van Aanholt and Catts, rebuking a hostile minority

Two down, one to go, with a win and a defeat so far. Our man in Portugal, Richy Duggan, offers [...]

Pure Poyetry: CD Nacional 1 SAFC 0. Gus happy enough in defeat

Last season, CD Nacional finished fifth in the Portuguese top flight,qualifying for the Europa League. So the win that looked [...]

Postcard from Portugal: Mika’s joy puts smiles on Mackem faces

From our Own Correspondent, as the BBC might say. Richy Duggan, Salut! Sunderland’s man on the Algarve continues his diary [...]

Pure Poyetry: Recreativo de Huelva 0 SAFC 1. Boss hails Mika winner

Delighted to add another goal to my name! Hopefully many more to come.. So blessed ?????? — Mikael Mandron (@MikaelMandron) [...]

Graeme Anderson: a towering figure of Sunderland AFC journalism

Pete Sixsmith offers a generous but thoroughly deserved appraisal of Graeme Anderson, who has performed with great style and accomplishment [...]

Postcard from Portugal: Richy’s quick introduction ahead of Sunderland’s opener

Richy Dugggan, project manager at the Hendon Young People’s Project in Sunderland, is among the lucky supporters out on the [...]