Tag Archives: relegation

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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Sixer Says: two cheers for Watmore as Under 23s lose to West Ham

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  Monsieur Salut writes: In fact there were many more cheers for a decent 70-minute outing for Duncan. The crowd […]

Sixer’s Cardiff City Soapbox: ‘where we go is a matter of debate’

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John McCormick writes: I’ve been unwilling to criticise Ellis Short in the past. I’ve held back where others haven’t. But […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Sunderland 1 Cardiff City 2. The worst team ever?

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Pete Sixmsith is back on duty after a midweek break, during which time he put together his thoughts about his visits […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Cardiff City

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The first post-war season saw Cardiff become champions of the Third Division (South) and they continued to climb as we […]

Cardiff City Who are You?: SAFC ‘always seem in Newcastle’s shadow’

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Colin Randall writes: The last time Mike Morris* shared his thoughts with Salut! Sunderland, it was mid-season (2013-14) and he […]

Sixer’s standin’s Soapbox: Everton remain on the Carabao trail as Bernard wins the cup

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There were some plus points. Everton – club and fans – remembered Bradley Lowery with grace and class. I had […]