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How would you feel if Sunderland AFC went for an artificial pitch?

John McCormick writes: in 1956 John Christopher wrote a post-apocalyptic novel called The Death of Grass. It featured a virus that killed all grass-type plants (monocotyledons, in the trade) and thus wiped out many of the planet’s food sources. If I remember correctly, the hero and heroine ended up pushing a pram from London to [...]

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The Robson Report: Sir Alex Ferguson had millions, Clough charisma and brilliance

NB: COMMENT ON: A technical blip prevented them until now Jeremy Robson pays a grand tribute to Brian Clough to mark the imminent 10th anniversary of his death (aged 69, on September 20 2004). Sunderland fan and top writer Jonathan Wilson’s book, Nobody Ever Says Thank You, is available at very decent prices at Salut! [...]

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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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Chance encounter with Wayne Entwistle as SuperKev destroyed Bury, sealing promotion

James Bentley is the author of an imminent book about one of the best seasons in the history of Bury, [...]

Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty [...]

Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]

Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been [...]