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Will the real Mauricio Pochettino stand up or feel ‘entitled to go down’?

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Monsieur Salut: would I have taken survival last season, would I take survival this season, if it depended on a blatant act of cheating by a Sunderland player? Easy to say no when, in the heart, you might mean yes, maybe or depends. But I’ll stick to my guns and say no. And whatever individual […]

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Sunderland v Liverpool, Varga v McAllister: perhaps football’s finest dive

Just a spot of fun with a serious subplot. Whenever Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light, it offers an opportunity to recall the most accomplished dive many of us have ever seen. And what is more, it worked, fooling a seasoned ref and gaining Liverpool a draw. We’ll get on to Gary McAllister in a […]

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Diving for glory. Is blaming foreigners jingoistic piffle, or sadly spot-on?

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

Salut! Sunderland has been banging on for years about diving, the feigning of injury, unprofessional attempts by players to get opponents booked or sent off and other forms of cheating. The issue is raised with every “Who are You?” interviewee and I can think of only one or two who said too much fuss was […]

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Summer Gold: (2) goggles for Robben, pink mittens for shirt-tuggers

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This photograph from the Flickr files of the National Media Museum may or may not show Arjen Robben making one last attempt to perfect his technique ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina. Our Summer Gold series, recalling timeless highlights from Salut! Sunderland‘s archives, harks back to August 2011 and Ken Gambles‘s entertaining manifesto […]

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Save World Cup footballers from serious harm. Act now before it’s too late

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Night after night from Brazil we see it, this alarming threat to footballers’ lives and limbs. It starts innocuously enough with the flimsiest of contact from an opponent, or perhaps even none at all. But first appearance is so often deceptive. Once this contact, little or non-existent as it may be, has been made, the […]

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How Dare We? Will the real Gareth Bale, Tottenham’s sinning saint, stand up?

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Salut! Sunderland has always felt perfectly entitled to stick its nose into other people’s business. We’re Sunderland supporters but also have views on football generally, whether it’s Pete Sixsmith after one of his non-league excursions or Ken Gambles demanding compulsory wearing of pink mittens by shirtpullers and goggles by divers of all teams. These impertinent […]

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Salut Reflections: Moyes attacks divers ahead of Everton v Liverpool

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Here’s a Salut! Reflections exclusive. We had a mole at the full dress rehearsal of David Moyes’s pre-derby team talk and it went something like this … (more…)

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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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Newcastle’s Joey Barton, Arsenal’s Gervinho: a marriage made in heaven

It began as a question in our Who Are You? series of pre-match interviews with the fans of opposing clubs, about diving and other forms of cheating. Then it became the Eduardo Question, in honour of the Brazilian-born Croatian player’s monumental contribution to the art, and finally the Walcott Question as a sincere tribute to […]

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France, Tunisia and a word in Fifa’s ear

There will be a lot of random jottings here during the World Cup, given our declared support for Paraguay – not to the exclusion of a probably Bentless England, but in honour of Cristian Riveros, Paulo da Silva and those red and white stripes – and the haphazard nature of the Salut! Sunderland team of […]

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It’s Official – “I read it in the Daily News” (and everywhere else)

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John McCormick writes: In keeping with the character of this website, I’ve used a line from a quite well-known song […]

Donald’s ducked in, Jack’s the lad: what now for SAFC’s League One prospects?

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For what it is worth, the bookies are already putting Sunderland among favourites to go up from League One next […]

Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]