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Wolves star wins player of the month. Grabban far behind BUT …

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They do not come much easier than Leo Bonatini’s first goal of the season, a mighty Sunderland-style defensive blunder by the Boro defender Daniel Ayala setting up his chance, well as he then took it. But the Wolves striker has been on fire since, his total of nine including five goals in October and that is […]

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West Ham and David Moyes: not the warmest of welcomes from Irons supporters

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 There has been a lot of anger and a fair amount of gallows humour among West Ham  fans at the choice of our old friend David Moyes to replace the sacked Slaven Bilic as manager. As far as Monsieur Salut can tell, Moyes has not yet announced that the Hammers are in a relegation scrap. […]

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Vote Grabban: bottom of the league, player-of-month shortlist

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

It feels almost surreal. But when you check that sliding green link you see at the foot of each page of Salut! Sunderland, the PFA player-of-the-month awards really do have a Sunderland player among the nominees. Maybe it is a step too far to contemplate an award for someone playing for a crisis club rooted […]

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Sixer’s Middlesbrough Soapbox: a ‘recipe for disaster’ as Sunderland flop again

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Time is running out for Sunderland. The latest defeat, coupled with wins for Burton and Bolton, exposes the club horribly at the foot of the table. Time is also running out for Pete Sixsmith‘s attendance at SAFC games – he will soon be pulling on Santa clothes to entertain the children of the North East […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland. Valiant defeat or deservedly bottom?

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith should have been sitting next to me today, I had to cry off – wife unwell – but watched on the TV what I thought was far from a bottom-of-the-table performance. It just wasn’t quite good enough and we lost anyway. Grabban should have scored minutes before we inevitably succumbed […]

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The great debate: Newcastle-SAFC is a derby, Middlesbrough’s not’. You decide

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Is Middlesbrough vs Sunderland a derby or just a match between teams not that far apart geographically? Monsieur Salut writes: it is a simple enough if inconsequential issue. I think it is a derby, Bill Harris – an SAFC stalwart, Salut! Sunderland reader and occasional Guess the Score winner – is adamant it is not. […]

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Sunderland in crisis: Ellis some way Short of convincing

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

The Northern Echo publishes the full transcript of an interview with Sunderland owner Ellis Short at the official club site. You can see and hear it at safc.com and decide for yourselves how searching the questions were. Salut! Sunderland will just pick out a few key points, all of which you’ll find amplified at the […]

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Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘if we score early, SAFC may fall apart’

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Who are You? may be slowly turning into a family affair. After Wrinkly Pete roped in his Bristol City-supporting nephew, Monsieur Salut does the same with the Boro-supporting part of the Randall clan (my sister has lived in Middlesbrough almost all her adult life). Andy Falconer* grew up close to Ayresome Park. He is bang […]

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Middlesbrough vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: life after Simon

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Just as Sunderland supporters were given two reasons to smile – the dismissal of Simon Grayson demanded by so many and a sudden leap to the heady heights of third bottom – a quick look at the Championship results and table showed the other sick man of North-eastern football suddenly feeling a lot more perky. […]

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Sixer’s Bolton Soapbox: ‘don’t kid yourselves Grayson’s swansong was a six-goal thriller’

Jake says: get yer coat, Mr Grayson

Poor Pete Sixsmith, enduring yet another game in which Sunderland looked every inch relegation candidates, twice trailing to and only then scraping a draw against another side looking every inch relegation candidates. Shortly after the error-strewn match, the glaringly obvious reason for there being no post-match managerial press conference was confirmed. The men largely responsible […]

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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?

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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 […]