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End of season reviews: (5) left with a sense of foreboding

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Like Pete Sixsmith, Malcolm Dawson gets to more matches than most people. He’s well placed to comment on skill, systems, strengths and weaknesses. He’s a regular at the Stadium of Light too, which means he’s well placed to comment on them in the context of SAFC. But that’s not all. He’s a keen observer of all […]

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Crystal Palace who are you? “Big Sam was the man to take over”

Jake: 'let's be having you'

John McCormick writes: I don’t often visit other fans’ websites. But in setting up this edition of “Who are you?”, which Colin organised before his departure, I visited The EaglesBeak and I have to say I was impressed. It’s everything a fan site should be, so it’s no surprise that we have another good set of […]

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SAD sweet dreamer – it’s just one of those things you put down to experience

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Following on from M Salut’s look at how Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD) is affecting the Stadium of Light faithful, Malcolm Dawson sums up his own thoughts on why he is feeling SAD (season approaching disaster). Don’t expect anything fresh or remarkably insightful as we’ve been here more than once. As Sweet Sensation once said, not […]

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Allardyce: once Sunderland’s Messiah, now just a very naughty boy

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We’ve already had Pete Sixsmith’s words of wisdom on the Sam Allardyce affair. Here, Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson considers the issues that arise but also what it means to us, supporters of Sunderland … “Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant. It tends to get worse.”  Molly Ivens It would be easy […]

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Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have serious misgivings about sting operations. They may sometimes uncover genuine malpractice but, among a number of concerns, I wonder who polices the stinger, in this case the Telegraph. This newspaper has after all spent several […]

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View from the NW Corner: Sunderland playing catch up before kick off

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Malcolm Dawson writes….each year is the same or at least it seems to be. We end one season and I am convinced we will improve the next. Over the past few years new signings have created a feeling of optimism which has quickly dissipated as early season results brought home the reality that things weren’t […]

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Emotional turmoil – Sunderland’s summer so far

Jake: 'so we didn't get Messi after all?'

It’s becoming a little repetitive on Wearside. A positive end to a season that at one time seemed doomed. Hopes for better things to come then disappointment as they fail to reach fruition. Managerless a year ago when Advocaat took the advice of his missus, the joy at his change of heart was short lived. […]

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Sam Allardyce, formerly of Sunderland, now of England, Observed

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Stop press: Sixer was at Rotherham, along with David Moyes, to see an efficient 2-1 win friendly win. His Sixer’s Sevens verdict: “Good workout in front of new boss” The Observer digs deep one again into its coffers to recruit our own Pete Sixsmith for a few words on Big Sam. How deep? Er, not […]

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Off goes Big Sam and the Wearside air seems to have been chilly

Jake's take on Big Sam: 'another prep-season threatening to go tits up'

As statements from football clubs about departing managers who have done a good job go, this is probably close to as churlish as it gets: Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect. The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving […]

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From Hartlepool to England. Bye bye Sam, hello David?

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It threatens to be a sad day. The FA is expected to be appoint Big Sam to the England job and will not be apologising to Sunderland for the disruption its wretched foot-slogging has caused to our pre-season plans. Then the stage is set, or so we have been led to believe for David Moyes’s […]

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Summerside Blues: a clock ticking to League One

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How many of the 26,000 fans who turned up for another rotten Sunderland display will be back for the Bristol […]

Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: another dismal afternoon as even Bolton look like overtaking SAFC

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Pete Sixsmith longs for the day he can write something upbeat about a Sunderland first-team performance. The visit of QPR […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-1 QPR. Winning ‘still seems miles away’

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Monsieur Salut writes: for much of the match against QPR at the Stadium of Light, the Sunderland nightmare seemed be […]

‘The wreckage of Sunderland’. QPR site’s questions, our responses

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Monsieur Salut writes: Clive Whittingham, the editor of the QPR fan site Loft For Words, did the honours in our […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: QPR cup glory, Rodney Marsh’s Darlington night out

Jake wants a swift return to form ...

Pete Sixsmith‘s first encounter with QPR was not against Sunderland but Darlington shortly after Rodney Marsh had scored one of […]

SAFC vs QPR Who are You?: ‘we’ve had some lovely players – and Joey Barton’

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Monsieur Salut says: stand by for a sharp, literate analysis of all that is wrong and the bits that are […]