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Sunderland AFC: embracing the sea change on the banks of the Wear

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Embracing the Sea Change at Sunderland. Two recent statements on the club website show just how things are changing on the banks of the Wear and how we are moving back to a situation where the Stadium of Light is once again the home of Sunderland Association Football Club and no longer that of Sunderland […]

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Should Sunderland be giving away a lot less about transfer targets?

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Monsieur Salut discusses the need for a sensible balance between openness and discretion in the pre-season transfer market… Who knows? By the time I finish writing this, or soon afterwards, Sunderland could have clinched the signings of two strikers, a central defender and a midfielder. If so, the concerns I am about to address will […]

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Sunderland AFC and me: how I’ve been brought back from the brink

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Monsieur Salut writes: I often envy the lifestyles of Pete Sixsmith and Malcolm Dawson, enjoying the North East without any longer the need to do much work – though both, in their own ways, remain active – and free to pop along to any match they choose. Then I read their accounts of afternoons or […]

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In conversation with Charlie Methven: (3) ‘missing out on promotion would be a failure’

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  Our question-and-answer discussions with Sunderland’s executive director, Charlie Methven, continues with a series of detailed points put to him by Salut! Sunderland‘s deputy editor, Malcolm Dawson. I called Malcolm’s efforts speeches followed by questions, Charlie thought “lectures” the more appropriate description while appreciating the depth of his thinking. And each ends with a highly […]

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In conversation with Charlie Methven: (2) and England’s most football-obsessed city is …

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    Salut! Sunderland writers posed the questions and Charlie Methven, our chairman Stewart Donald’s right-hand man, answered then. In the first round, our star writer Pete Sixsmith – teacher, 50+ years a supporter and as knowledgeable about football as they come – dealt with perceptions and realism. His questions can be summarised in this […]

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In conversation with Charlie Methven: (1) ‘let’s all roll up our sleeves’

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Salut! Sunderland was asking the questions. But Charlie Methven, Stewart Donald’s executive director and minority shareholder in the post-Ellis Short SAFC, had one for us: ‘How are we doing so far?’ Monsieur Salut, who worked with Charlie and has been delighted to renew an amicable acquaintance, gave the truthful response. On balance, a fine and […]

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The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

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This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not wish you good luck. Sorry and all that but all you’ve done here is be injured and then give no payback. Massively disappointed in you. That’s my opinion and I’m allowed it so if you […]

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Sunderland’s new order: Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and Benjamin the Donkey

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Pete Sixsmith is on leave. In his place, Benjamin the Donkey interprets his thoughts … unless it’s Sixer in disguise As is well known around the area, we donkeys are noted for our cynicism and unwillingness to believe that, to quote the song, “Things Can Only Get Better”. The general consensus amongst we members of […]

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Donald’s ducked in, Jack’s the lad: what now for SAFC’s League One prospects?

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For what it is worth, the bookies are already putting Sunderland among favourites to go up from League One next season. But as you’ll see at Betway sports betting they are naturally more concerned just now with flutters on the World Cup. Unless we count Wahbi Khazri, whose form since going on loan to Rennes […]

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Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it has happened. Martin Bain, CEO of Sunderland AFC, is now Martin Bain, ex-CEO of SAFC. No one takes his place because the “place” has been declared surplus to requirements – quite a dramatic change from […]

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Sixer’s Shrewsbury Sevens: 2-0 to SAFC, a comfortable win and that elusive clean sheet

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is where Pete Sixsmith offers his customary seven-word verdict on each Sunderland game he attends. He […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

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John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, […]

‘SAFC should walk this division.’ Shrewsbury Town ‘Who are You?’ (2)

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In the first part of a long interview with Glyn Price*, co-presenter of the Shrewsbury Town podcast Salopcast, we heard […]

Ha’way this Lad: Eric Keeler runs from sea to shining sea for Spinal Research

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Put aside thoughts about any other Keeler you may have heard of. Ours – that is to say, our fellow-Sunderland […]

Armchair Liverpool fans ‘can never feel our pride’. Shrewsbury Town Who are You? (1)

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Monsieur Salut writes: League One is proving a goldmine for Who are You? interviews. Glyn Price* maintains the standards set […]

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There is a hint of discontent at Salut! Sunderland, says Monsieur Salut. We’re broadly pleased at the process SAFC have […]

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