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A warm welcome to Jake Clarke-Salter. A slightly sour farewell to Lewis Grabban

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We have been this way before. Early activity in a transfer window seems positive and our hopes rise accordingly, only to be dashed by a combination of factors: the questionable SAFC managerial merry-go-round, an imbalance of expectation and delivery and the air of thick gloom hanging over the club. But Chris Coleman’s first move really […]

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Hutch’s Patch: hail the karma of Sunderland’s victory over Swansea

Jake says "Vital!"

Rob Hutchison doesn’t waste words and his introduction and ratings tell the story perfectly from our 4-2 win at Swansea. Over to Rob; Screw the PL to get the game moved. Then change 11 players, and lose by a duff red card before half time and an offside hatrick. There’s lovely karma for you. (more…)

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Sunderland vs Newcastle: (1) most important derby since the one before last

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

The build-up to Wear-tyne and tyne-Wear derbies – says Monsieur Salut, pettily using lower case to diminish Jimmy Nail’s Big River (half-decent song, actually) – should start at least as early as the approach to any other game. This one is horribly important to us. Steven Fletcher boosted his confidence no end with his hat-trick […]

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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Norwich: O’Neill frustrated so how must Hughton feel?

Jake: 'is that the parting wave?'

Malcolm Dawson writes….. with the club urging supporters to renew their season cards before April 4th, the team is doing little to persuade us that will be a wise move – unless of course you see the extra games that Championship football brings as added value – because make no mistake there was little on […]

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Martin’s Musings on QPR 3 Sunderland 1: change the record Martin

Jake: 'is that the parting wave?'

Malcolm Dawson (who gets a copy of M Salut’s personal e-mail) writes… Another away sell out (and home sell out to be fair) and another disappointing day out for the travelling contingent. The manager continues to find a positive spin, but the faithful are getting fed up with the same old excuses. “The opposition were […]

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Martin’s Musings on Fulham draw: ‘our own worst enemy’

Jake: 'is that the parting wave?'

Martin O’Neill has less reason that he thinks to complain about the penalty that was given to Fulham. If a defender’s leg goes where Gardner’s did, the modern professional footballer will happily fall into it. But he’s right, in his post-match e-mail, to applaud a decent fightback from such an unnecessary two-goal deficit which, with […]

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Martin’s Musings on WBA 2 SAFC 1: ‘we should have done better’

Monsieur Salut was driving home through the Burgundy snow but manager Martin O’Neill was still able to send him his immediate post match personal e-mail. A tale of two penalties, bizarre bounces and missed opportunities. (more…)

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Martin’s Musings: formidable Arsenal frustrate Sunderland’s fantastic effort

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Monsieur Salut was sitting in Pete Sixsmith’s seat today as our regular correspondent had travelled south to see his home town team try to get to the last eight of the FA Vase. But M Salut has one of these fancy internet phones and so was still on hand to receive the manager’s post match […]

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Martin’s Musings on Reading defeat: another bumpy landing the boss cannot fathom

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

Monsieur Salut suffered the annoyance familiar to most football fans, stuck 39,000 feet high while the Lads were in action. Turning the phone back on at Heathrow, two and a half hours after the final whistle at Reading, I found my eyes drawn first of all to Martin O’Neill‘s post-match e-mail, the headline – ‘we’ve […]

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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Swansea: The onus is on us – must do better

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In his post-match e-mail from the home game versus Swansea City, Martin O’Neill tells it likes it is (or was on the night). He’s right about one thing, where the onus lies, so why were we defending like the clappers in injury time? Dear Colin, I was disappointed with the performance. We’ve got a point on […]

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewart’s Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]