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French fancies: not so Nice for Eric Roy

Before we get hopelessly bogged down with pre-derby coverage, Monsieur Salut gets up early to update events in France … After an uplifting victory over St Etienne, who are doing well in the French Ligue 1 for the first time in years, the team every Sunderland supporter should keep a soft spot for – Nice, […]

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Salut’s French corner: pity poor Arles-Avignon

Thank heavens the Premier’s back: our Blackburn Rovers preview will appear soon … Nice remain our team of choice, thanks to the Sunderland link established by Eric Roy’s position as coach, in Ligue 1. They have slipped of late, losing twice after a bright start, but gained a useful 0-0 draw at the improving (if […]

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Salut!’s Nice corner: the new Zidane

Just as my back was turned – back in England for a few days – Eric Roy’s Nice took their first defeat of the season and it was a grim-sounding 4-0 thumping at Sochaux. And then went out in the League Cup – which may seem familiar to Sunderland fans – in midweek, though at […]

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NB: Nice 2 Bordeaux 1, Newcastle 0 Blackpool 2

Nice, or Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d’Azur to give them their splendid full title, are – for the uninitiated – the team Salut! Sunderland looks out for in France. They had as good a weekend as the Tangerine-clad men from the slightly less sunny English seaside …. Nota bene the two results. Rather a […]

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Domenech get his comeuppance

Raymond Domenech cut a pathetic figure as French team coach in South Africa, humiliated by his players during the Mutiny of Knysna and then bringing his country into further disrepute with an act of gross discourtesy as France tumbled out of the World Cup. The players have been punished; now it’s his turn … France […]

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Gyan: gyannen to sign or what?

Update: from the Sunderland Echo: photographs of Asamoah Gyan arriving at Newcastle Airport have been posted on Facebook. For Salut! Sunderland’s Nice corner – our regular look at French football – I scoured today’s L’Equipe in vain hope of finding authoritative news that Asamoah Gyan is already booking his passage from Rennes to Roker. One […]

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Arsenal, Chelsea & Newcastle six-hitters leave French dreaming

Salut!’s Nice corner, our regular look at French football and in particular the exploits of our team of choice Nice, finds a club manager casting an envious gaze across the Channel … No sexy football please, we’re French. After all the fun the French have had over the years at the expenses of the supposedly […]

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Salut!’s Nice corner: Eric Roy 4 Jean-Louis Triaud 0

This old clip, starting with Eric Roy waltzing through the Chelsea defence to set up Niall Quinn’s first goal in that 4-1 hammering of too long ago, seemed as good a way as any of illustrating a quick look at events in French football over the weekend. The team Eric now manages, Nice, who therefore […]

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Salut!’s Nice corner: a drab draw as Marseille fall from the heights

Good wins for moneyed QPR, Keano’s Ipswich, Millwall and Hull City – and back down to earth for Leeds – in what we must learn to call the Npower Championship but Salut! Sunderland observes a pre-season pledge to look out for Eric Roy’s Nice team in the French top flight. Not, however, a great opening […]

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View from the West Stand: That’s more like it as Cats put five past Tranmere

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Sixer’s Sevens. Sunderland 5 Tranmere Rovers 0. Can’t be bad!

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A View From the Avenue: the Sunderland ‘shambles’ Parkinson must put right

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Sunderland vs Tranmere Rovers: hoping for that delayed new manager bounce

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Sixer’s Sevens from Wycombe (or Prague): anywhere to avoid seeing another SAFC stumble

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The Chapman Report from Wycombe: ‘so lacking in threat that with Ross, it would have turned nasty’

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