Tag Archives: David Moyes

The Devil’s Advocate: from Rochdale to Everton, from Kone to keepers

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John McCormick asks: what do you think of the reformatted former Johnstone’s Paint trophy? Did we really need to fork out for a two year contract for a third keeper? Will Victor Anichebe prove to be better than Danny Graham? My answers are “undecided”, “no”, “yes but that means nothing”. Rob Hutchison has his own opinions. Here […]

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Chirpy Chirpy – no. Cheap Cheap – no. But what about Middle of the Road?

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There are times when contributors to this site hark back to the music of yesterday, and today is no exception. The transfer window’s  shut (you can insert any other vowel of your choice if you wish) leaving me feeling underwhelmed, and a song from 1971 or thereabouts is in my mind. Not because I like […]

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The highs (Ndong, Denayer, Manquillo) and lows (M’Vila) of Sunderland’s transfer window

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With two tweets as the transfer window slammed shut, the sensible and always engaging BBC Radio Newcastle commentator on Sunderland games, Nick Barnes, summed up the frustrations of all those who support the club. We can and should applaud the late acquisitions of Didier Ndong (he seems to prefer Ibrahim as his given name and […]

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Moyes on the boys: Southampton are a good team

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John McCormick writes: I’m frequently surprised by stats showing how little possession we have when we look untroubled for long periods. Today was another example. Saints pressed but rarely bothered our keeper and when they did he rose to the challenge on every occasion but one. Unfortunately that one time gave Southampton a point – I was […]

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Moyes on the boys: playing the sub(s) against Shrewsbury

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John McCormick (subbing for M Salut) writes: That Patrick was captain should tell you all you need to know about the team we put out tonight. Still, we won, with what was by all accounts an excellent goal, and head off to Shepherds Bush in the next round. If you do want to know more, however, […]

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Sixer Says: Shrews may be no easy prey for Black Cats


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Malcolm Dawson writes….we’ve already a great preview of tomorrow’s League Cup from Shrewsbury fan Carl Jones (read it here). How much we should read into the result, whatever it is, is a moot point, as is how much time David Moyes is allocating to the preparations with the transfer window nearing closure. Now Pete Sixsmith […]

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Just before we abandon hope, it’s Shrewsbury in the league cup. Guess the score

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So we had two correct predictions for SAFC v Boro, both from Middlesbrough fans (Smoggie and the WAY interviewee Thomas Keen). There was no prize mug for this match – they may be a bit sparse this season – so they must be feeling a little like those who pick the same lottery numbers every […]

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Moyes on the Boys: it’s going to take time

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John McCormick writes. Pete’s sevens were pessimistic but I thought we did OK in the second half and will be fine once we sort out our defence, midfield and attack. What does our manager think, however? Well, to let you know, here’s a look at the letter he sent to M Salut, and maybe one […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough look useful – we look like strugglers

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John McCormick writes: Pete neglected to send me a post-game text so I had to wait until Colin forwarded it. The e-mail he sent contained three possibilities. At half-time it was “Any early season optimism has disappeared already”, then came the seven words which fit the headline. And last but not least, came seven words […]

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First it bent, then it broke – the love that is Sunderland AFC

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I leaned my back against an oak, Thinking it was the strongest tree, But first it bent, and then it broke, And that’s the way, love treated me. (The Water is Wide – Traditional) Malcolm Dawson writes…..many years ago I met a girl and fell in love. It was that gut wrenching, head over heels, […]

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End of season reviews: (3) smilin’ like I’m happy, seeking extenuating circumstances

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Colin Randall writes: I commend this epic piece from our associate editor John McCormick, his superbly argued but also entertaining […]

Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

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Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford […]

Memo to Ellis Short: ‘please not Karanka, think John O’Shea’

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Barry Emmerson is a footballing man in the mould of Pete Sixsmith. In other words, he knows his stuff. He […]

End of season reviews: (2) from Moyes misery to a SuperKev dream?

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Colin Randall writes: the horrendous events of Manchester, death and injury inflicted by one person with nothing to offer humanity, […]

We almost forgot. Moyes was still manager when the Chapman Report visited Chelsea

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Robert Chapman, an ever-welcome stand-in for Pete Sixsmith when the Sixer considers a game unworthy of his presence, was at […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

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John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire […]