Tag Archives: relegation

McCormick’s Craic: down among the dead men, a lifeline for Aston Villa

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So who is going down? For virtually the first time this season neutrals are mentioning Sunderland as serious contenders. Given our awful run, and the tough bunch of games to come, that is hardly surprising. John McCormick has been studying trends again and comes up with potentially good news for Aston Villa, though he still […]

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Sunderland, Newcastle safe (ish). And the losers are … QPR, Aston Villa plus Reading or Wigan

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It may not seem a good time to be predicting relegation for Reading (just after they’ve beaten us), QPR (buoyed by big new signings with an escapologist in charge) and Aston Villa (didn’t we somehow contrive to make even them seem half-decent?). But John McCormick has been pottering around with his blinding statistictal science again, […]

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The Robson Report: killing football in ‘one foul swoop’

Every decent football supporter was outraged by the Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre’s repugnant call for changes to TV rights that would divert more and more money to a handful of “big” clubs. Jeremy Robson is surprised more attention was not given to another corporate threat to the national game, this time from Suits of […]

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Soapbox: we’re safe – Blackpool, West Ham and Wigan doomed

There’s a big maybe, or series of maybes. First of all, Tangerine dreamers, Hammers and Latics straying this way should take comfort: Pete Sixmith‘s specialist subject is geography not maths. But he’s done the calculations using the BBC predictor page (see footnote*) and very much wanted the headline to read: “It’s official – we’re safe.” […]

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Hull City: an optimist’s survival plan

Photo: K G Stone Alan Fulcher* is a Wearside-based Hull City fan whose belief that the Tigers can stay up was shaken but not destroyed by what he calls a “bugger of a result” in Wigan v Arsenal. Salut! Sunderland‘s links with Alan began when we ran a piece (after Phil Brown’s sacking) that was […]

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Gloom descends over the post-Arsenal dinner party

Arsenal fans** will probably not care a hoot, but this part of Salut! Sunderland hopes they have a championship to toast at the end of the season. As for us, the next few games, mostly at home, will define our season, admits Steve Bruce. In how many recent years have we heard a similar refrain? […]

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West Ham’s pay cut saga: the way forward for us too?

David Sullivan’s warning that everyone at West Ham, the club he now co-owns, faced a 25 per cent pay cut did no harm to the players’ mood, the Hammers dismissing Birmingham City with a minimum of fuss to put more pressure on us at the bottom of the Premier. As our own aversion to winning […]

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West Ham, relegation battles and a new owner’s tears

Colin Randall appreciates David Sullivan’s obvious and genuine commitment to West Ham – backed up by tears on TalkSport – but hopes any revival in the club’s fortunes is modest … Without holding the slightest thing against West Ham or most of its supporters, I make no secret of my wish that the club David […]

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Soapbox: crestfallen at Craven Cottage

You have been warned. Pete Sixsmith has been in better moods. Sunderland-supporting readers of a sensitive disposition may wish to lock themselves into a small padded room and listen to the collected works of Jedward. If you’re built of stronger stuff, this is Pete’s verdict on a Sunday by the Thames made so dismal by […]

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Season End Reviews: (3) wretched management, strip and team (and why I’ve renewed)

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After the humiliating if inevitable confirmation of another relegation, we all start to clutch at straws, says Monsieur Salut. My […]

‘Yes Newcastle are gloating but there but for the grace of Rafa go us’

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

Nick Donaldson is a smashing bloke in all respects save that he supports Newcastle United. A past winner of the […]

Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

'Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith.' Click on the cartoon to read Monsieur Salut's tale of woe

Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]