Tag Archives: Paolo Di Canio

A (semi) open letter to Ellis Short: life after the ‘little maverick’

Jake as Tony Roffe's caption writer

What follows started life as a passionate, sorrowful missive that one of the 2,650 poor souls who sat in the away section at the Hawthorns on Saturday intended to post to the SAFC owner, Ellis Short. Whether he couldn’t find a stamp or was just overtaken by the pace of events hardly matters. The thoughts, […]

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PDC’s sacking: (3) Culture club or the Animals?

 recalled by Jake

John McCormick writes: Neil Carter’s The football manager, A history was published in 2006. Carter makes it clear that short managerial stays have been part and parcel of the professional game for longer than we’ve been watching it: even before the war “the intensification of competition brought with it managerial insecurity” (it’s an academic book, […]

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PDC’s sacking: (2) the Short, sharp shock SAFC needed or Short-fused chaos?

The long road. By Jake

What hoops we go through to support Sunderland AFC. Few of us can do anything about that. We are not, generally speaking, the kind of fans who can tire of one club and just move on to another. We’re stuck for life. Last week, I decided to set aside a few minutes this morning to […]

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Paolo Di Canio’s sacking: (1) another bites the dust but no Pulis please

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

Pete Sixsmith hardly had time to bask in the glory of a deservedly praised piece at the ESPN site’s Sunderland pages – http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2100?cc=5739 – before he had to start writing again, this time on the news of Paolo Di Canio’s sacking. It kept him up late but he needed to get it off his chest […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: West Brom 3 Sunderland 0: ‘I will never give up’

John McCormick writes: I wondered when we’d get a message from our chief coach as, at ten past five, when I was putting the finishing touches to Pete’s “seven”, the TV showed PDC standing on the pitch at the Hawthorns talking to the fans. What did he say? I don’t know. But here’s what he […]

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Responding to that Newcastle view of PDC: ‘our SAFC commitment comes first’

'You decide,' as Jake used to say. But is there a middle ground?

Monsieur Salut writes: yes, Drummer (comment yesterday), we ALL hope to win some football matches soon. But the piece by a Newcastle United fan writing under the nom de guerre of @BallstheCat, describing PDC’s appearance in the Steve Harper testimonial and analysing his controversial political utterances and gestures, was interesting, conscientiously researched and well written. […]

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PDC, fascism and the Newcastle fan with brains (& Hull-supporting wife)

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

All week, I’ve been urged to read this article written by a Newcastle United supporter inspired by Paolo Di Canio’s part-heroic, part-pantomime appearance in the Steve Harper testimonial. Yes, that’s Seaham-born, Sunderland-supporting (later corrupted, possibly) Steve Harper, now in fine Mag company at Hull City. The piece has been loudly applauded by Sunderland supporters, so […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Arsenal, Altidore and Atkinson

NEWsoapbox(Without Score)

There was a bevvy of Salut! Sunderland contributors in the Kings Arms on Saturday lunchtime – a bevvy being the collective noun for a group of like minded people meeting in a boozer – and we were all optimistically predicting a home win whilst secretly expecting to get nothing from the game. We elected not […]

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Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Man Utd, Sunderland and the window of opportunity

Whimsy-1

Salut! Sunderland’s Pete Sixsmith can remember the time when the transfer window was just an empty space covered in an old potato sack. Now the latest window has been closed, Peter gives his thoughts on the last minute activity that brought a further three players into the club … The great day has gone and […]

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As Others See Us: top six dreams, or down and out nightmares?

'You decide,' as Jake used to say. But is there a middle ground?

Every so often, agencies or businesses with no Salut! Sunderland connection invite us to publish guest articles. Most of the time, we politely decline. Jack Butler*‘s first item was accepted and drew a healthy if robust response; his second covers familiar ground but may once again provide a starting point for debate… (more…)

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

not giving up

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

Sixer'sSoapbox(featured image)

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

Moyes out? He is now

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Monsieur Salut writes: as perhaps the least surprising outcome of the worst Sunderland season since, well, the last worst Sunderland […]

End of season reviews 2016-17 (1): ‘hire and fire’ is the Lars word

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

STOP PRESS – Lars submitted this piece well before the season end, before the Arsenal game in fact. It has […]

Hutch’s Patch post-Chelsea: ‘culpable, fragile, tragic’ – match the words and players

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison – inexplicably renamed Ron when this first appeared – gets to lots of games, almost all of them […]

Moyes on the boys v Chelsea: players came in and acquitted themselves well

Moyes On The Boys(featured image)

A dire end to a dire season. In the end Chelsea strolled past us. David Moyes says in his post-match […]