This modest competition has been blamed for everything from the extreme right’s rise in French politics to Sunderland’s goal-free April.
… but Monsieur Salut believes that if he is prepared to live in a town surrounded by supporters of Marine Le Pen, Salut! Sunderland readers can be trusted to enter a simple contest without putting a curse on the Lads’ matchday prospects.
Guess the Score lives to fight another day.
Usual rules: be the first to post the correct score, which we sincerely hope will contain a first number that is larger than the second, and a Martin O’Neill ”Team of all Talent” mug will be sent to you (do not consult Bill or Jake; they’ll only whinge that delivery can be sluggish, though M Salut can fairly blame Ms Le Pen for that).
If you feel the slogan is a little ambitious, bear in mind that it continues ”work in progress”. The Lads must surely realise they not only owe it to the supporters to turn in a really good performance of the sort we saw regularly only a few weeks ago, but are also – at least in some cases – fighting for their own futures.
And if any of them starts up some dressing room banter about where they’re going for their holidays – bearing in mind that some already seem to have gone away, or should that be awry? – it is Martin O’Neill’s duty to remind them that a finishing place lower than Steve Bruce’s 10th is unacceptable.
By the way, Bolton fans drawn to the site by the headline can
* be assured they can enter the comp, too, and – if the winner- receive a suitably modified mug design
Monsieur Salut’s decision will be final.