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In conversation with Charlie Methven: (4) what is the least Sunderland should expect?

Ha'way The Lads with Salut

It is time to conclude our series based on (mainly) electronic conversations between Salut! Sunderland writers and Charlie Methven, executive director of the club and a minority shareholder. We thank Charlie for his time and full, diligent responses. Not every Sunderland supporter is yet convinced, either that the takeover from Ellis Short leaves Stewart Donald, […]

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Sunderland season reviews (1): the rocky road to survival

It’s time again for Salut! Sunderland writers, regular or occasional, to look back on a season that carried the now customary threat of relegation before bursting into life with another of our extraordinary late escapes. The reviews will appear pretty much in the order they are received – feel free to have a go if […]

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Sunderland and Salut: how do we regain our Quinn/Drumaville peak?

Colin Randall writes: it is not just Sunderland AFC that knows the meaning of struggle. Salut! Sunderland has its moments, too. I am talking readership levels. Victory – and defeats for those who remember them – in the Wear-Tyne derbies always boost numbers, though not as much as they once did. So do John McCormick’s […]

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The highs and lows of Sunderland’s season, at a handy glance

At least Monsieur Salut wavered between no points and one from the Emirates

John McCormick writes: regular readers will know that I’ve been tracking the progress of SAFC and other at-risk clubs by means of my “dodgy numbers”. I’ll look back on how they all fared some time after Pete Sixsmith finishes the end of season reviews, with a view to selecting teams and methods for next season’s […]

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Reviews of the Season: ‘got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats’

Reviews of the Season: 'got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats'

John McCormick writes: when the fixture fairy first waved her wand I thought I might struggle to make more than a handful of matches. It turned out I was right; over the season pre-booked flights, rearranged games, competing demands and a pregnant daughter all took their toll. So, too, did my lowly position in the […]

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Post Everton Advochaat: 100% commitment from players and fans

Malcolm Dawson writes…..I wonder what the atmosphere was like on the supporters’ coaches which were delayed by the incident on the M62. Frustration at the knowledge they were going to miss a decent amount of the first half or a resigned sense of relief that they wouldn’t have to sit (or stand) through another disappointing […]

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McCormick’s Craic: the half term report says Sunderland must do better

Jake: 'but will this work for us?'

  John McCormick writes: I’m beginning this on December 29, the day after we’ve drawn against Villa in our 19th game of the season. With match reports from Villa (er, whatever happened to Bob Chapman’s?), then a game on New Year’s Day, then a cup match, the site will be busy with posts for the next […]

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Liverpool vs SAFC Who are you?: ‘Hendo good, unconvinced by Mignolet’

Jake: good draw Lads

John McCormick writes: Tony Fay and I were colleagues once but our paths diverged a good few years ago and I didn’t know whether I’d be able to contact him or if he’d want to take part in the Who are You? series. I’m glad to be able to report that I was and he […]

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The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

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Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics he considers relevant factors in determining who goes down, who stays up. Ominously, in this update, the 8-0 defeat is seen as not only wrecking our goal difference but pushing us more obviously into the […]

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Wearied by the Borini saga, wondering whether we’re better off

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We’ve gone three PL games without any forward scoring so it looks like the front line failings we’ve experienced for at least two seasons are destined to continue. Jozy will score one day but Fletch looks like he’s playing the wrong system and Wickham’s playing the wrong position. (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Maja and Gooch lead the charge as St Mirren hit for six

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Pete Sixsmith would have enjoyed this, but was nowhere near Scotland as Jack Ross went back to his last club, […]

Farewell Billy Jones and Callum McManaman and welcome Glenn Loovens

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Salut! Sunderland extends a hearty welcome to Glenn Loovens, who arrives as a free agent having been released by Sheffield […]

Should Sunderland be giving away a lot less about transfer targets?

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Monsieur Salut discusses the need for a sensible balance between openness and discretion in the pre-season transfer market… Who knows? […]

For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]