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Voice of America: on Jozy Altidore, ex-Red Bulls/Hull/Villarreal/AZ, now ours

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As Salut! Sunderland‘s resident Voice of America (soon to be relocated to Scotland), Robert Simmons was the obvious man to turn to for thoughts on our new signing Jozy Altidore – forget the “undisclosed fee” tosh from the club, he cost us £6m or so if reports are correct – and he has risen to […]

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Voice of America: Kilgallon, Noble, Mandron and the substitute debate

Jake flew the flag for Robert Simmons in 2012

Our occasional contributor from the far-off USA, Robert Simmons, is due to become a father for the fourth time today, a boy to throw a helping of slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails into the sugar and spice and everything nice served up by three waiting sisters. We wish all the Simmonses well. But […]

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Voice of America: SAFC Thanksgiving to MON, Rose, Mignolet, Sess, Catts, Fletch and Johnson

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It is the fourth Thursday of November so maybe already too late for turkeys in the US to take cover. They tend not to approve of Thanksgiving. Robert Simmons, Salut! Sunderland’s US contributor, will presumably be tucking into the roast and also the pecan pie (sounds ike another bird but isn’t). First, he has some […]

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Voice of America: hardly on the Armstrong scale but now target football cheats

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The downfall of Lance Armstrong has set people thinking and talking about sporting cheats. Salut! Sunderland has banged on about it for years, earning the admiration of some readers but irritating others. Trying to con the referee is admittedly on a different scale to the systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs*, but it is a scourge […]

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Voice of America:How I got my buddies to choose Sunderland above Liverpool

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Regular contributor Robert Simmons continues his mission to turn as many American citizens as possible into die hard Mackems. I think it’s beginning to happen. I honestly never expected it to, and I certainly didn’t expect it to happen this quickly. I think American fans of European football are coming around to the idea that there […]

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Voice of America: Fletcher’s goals make a point at Swansea

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An American(SAFC-supporting) view of yesterday’s game, from our regular columnist Robert Simmons … (more…)

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Voice of America: Sessegnon contract extension underlines Sunderland ambition

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Robert Simmons chips in the from the other side of the pond with his own thoughts on the news that Stéphane Sessegnon is going nowhere … (more…)

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Voice of America: the club you support

Jake flew the flag for Robert Simmons in 2012

Monsieur Salut’s very lenient ground rules for deciding whether it is OK to support this or that club – see http://salutsunderland.com/2012/08/chelsea-manchester-united-sunderland-the-rights-and-wrongs-of-choosing-your-club/ – have sparked lively debate. Robert Simmons, from the US of A, rose to the bait and responded in the form of a personal letter. This is all entirely light-hearted (Robbie is, in fact, […]

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Voice of America: you cannot be serious about supporting Sunderland

Jake flew the flag for Robert Simmons in 2012

Robert Simmons has already made his mark at what one Arsenal supporter has called our ‘eloquent’ site. Here, he describes the experience of being an American who chooses to follow the Lads and offers thoughts about how Ellis Short might drive up interest in SAFC in their native land. You almost hear John McEnroe asking […]

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Voice of America: the stateside verdict is in – we’ll make top 10

Jake flew the flag for Robert Simmons in 2012

Robert Simmons has breezed across the Atlantic with fresh air and fresh thought since joining the ranks of Salut! Sunderland writers. Here, from his own blog, Only SAFC, is a cool look at the season ahead. He is optimistic and he’s currently from Georgia. Georgia off its mind, or a canny shout? … (more…)

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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

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