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The Lars Word: sorry Steve Bruce and Hull, we’ll have last laugh

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

Tempting providence or not, Lars Knutsen feels Steve Bruce may be left with egg on his Newcastle-supporting, Sunderland-phobic face after missing a fair few grand opportunities to shut up with his whining … (more…)

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Oh yes it is: Hull vs SAFC is Newcastle-supporting Bruce’s revenge trip

Jake sets the scene

The idiocy of much football reporting is illustrated by what Sky Sports made of a simple, unconvincing question and answer with Steve Bruce after Hull’s penalty shootout defeat at Spurs. (more…)

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Hull City Who are You?: ‘#notohulltigers, yes to Bruce, Elmo, Meyler, McShane’

Jake sets the scene

Welcome to another outstanding edition of ‘Who are You?’ as Sunderland prepare to visit Hull for the crucial follow-up to derby joy. This is a bit out of sequence given Hull’s return to Spurs tonight (league cup) but other commitments mean that can’t be helped. Ian Waterson,* editor of the Hull City fanzine City Independent […]

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The art of managing Sunderland: Quinn to PDC minus one

Owen wearing a birthday present from Chris Cody, whose brother John played centre half for SAFC

So who’s next? Will Ellis Short stick with Bally or go for one of the candidates we’ve seen mentioned – for example Gus Poyet, Rene Meulensteen, Gianfranco Zola and Stuart Pearce – or someone else entirely? Whoever it is, we should expect it to mean work for the Sunderland-born, Sunderland-supporting artist Owen Lennox, who now […]

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And our best manager is ….. : an analytical review of SAFC bosses

John McCormick: master of dodgy numbers.

John McCormick writes: In a response to one of my posts Sobs wondered if it might be possible to use substitutions and tactical changes to rate our managers. No chance, I thought, as I headed off to Spain. But, one baking hot day, when I was idly contemplating the frothy, chilled bottles calling my name […]

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Hull City FC: it used to be Hell and High Water, now it’s KC stadium and the sunshine band

Sam Campbell

John McCormick writes: Monsieur Salut has still not returned so I’m continuing my sojourn as assistant editor, which once again allows me to introduce a guest writer. Those of you who followed the account of my journey to Hillsborough in ’73 will know that I was at  Hull University at the time. In those days […]

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Ten games in: Man City, Arsenal visited but Man Utd and Chelsea to come

Now this is not John McCormick at his most upbeat – not, at any rate, at the start of his review of the season so far. He’s been comparing and contrasting statistics again and what he comes up with would scare the living daylights out of most Sunderland supporters – if he hadn’t also identified […]

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The Robson Report: Hull hath no fury like Steve Bruce scorned

'They hated me for being a Geordie ... but not him behind me'

By now, you would think, any football reporter who rushed excitedly up to the sports editor and exclaimed ‘I have a great interview with Steve Bruce about how unfair life is’ would be demoted to covering junior rounders. Not so. Jeremy Robson notes that Bruce’s mantra, ‘how I was sacked for being a Geordie’ with […]

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Steve Bruce, Spurs and Hull City. And the challenge of supporting England

Jake's way of looking back on a Salut! week

You can only guess at Steve Bruce’s thoughts as a string of modest Premier League posts sailed into view only to vanish beyond the horizon of his employability. Having downsized his ambitions and taken the Hull City job, what did he then think when the higher profile Spurs managership became available? You can also wonder […]

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Sunderland Review of the Season: (4) a mixed start to O’Neill era

Pete Sixsmith

This season, Monsieur Salut has decided not to offer his own end-of-season report. Not because he felt so demotivated at the end of it, though he did, but because it is not really fair to make such an appraisal on too few games attended and the rest followed by a combination of consistently admirable coverage […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]

Coleman’s challenge: turning football’s laughing stock into reasons to be cheerful

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Beyond blind faith, a commodity in large if diminishing supply among Sunderland supporters, perhaps the main source of hope for […]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: will Coleman deliver?

This could be yours ...

Will Sunderland return to the tradition of the post-match manager’s e-mail under Chris Coleman? If so, will his first be […]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland Who are You?: Bruce’s winning feeling – and baffling tactics

Jake: 'let's be having you'

  Josh Henwood* was an Aston Villa ‘Who are You?’ interviewee more than seven years ago. Our clubs have fallen […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Aston Villa and Villa Park

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John McCormick writes: I suspected this would be one of the grounds that Pete Sixsmith counts among his favourites. After […]