As Liverpool vultures circle, Simon Mignolet knows he’ll be remembered with affection

Sixer offers Mag builder a history lesson
Sixer says Mignolet will remain a hero in SAFC eyes

Is he off or isn’t he? We have had to endure speculation for a season or more that the lure of a bigger club – yes, there are a handful of them – would deprive us of Simon Mignolet’s services. It was perhaps inevitable that the flattering interest would eventually turn his head. We have to be adult about this: he is not a Sunderland supporter but a professional footballer who happens to be playing for us and must make the most of his abilities in what, even for keepers, is a short career. Thinking of Liverpool, even players who are Sunderland supporters and playing for SAFC are generally more attached to professional progression and self-interest than sentiment. Rather like most other people. Pete Sixsmith discusses the contribution to our cause Mignolet has made and for which, if go he must, he will always receive a warm welcome from the vast majority of Sunderland fans …

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Salut Reflections: Westwood, Mignolet and Bramble make for interesting week in Sunderland.

Jake detects thinking
Jake detects thinking


During Martin O’Neill’s final months as SAFC manager, it became increasingly hard to gather and comment on news for a Reflections piece for Salut! Sunderland, writes Stephen Goldsmith. It seems unlikely Di Canio’s reign will be similar. The end of season is generally a bit of a lull for bloggers and writers, who try their best to avoid getting carried away with bogus and erroneous transfer targets. There have been a couple of interesting developments in the last week, though, “that’s for sure” (Bruce: 2009/2010/2011).

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MON day: a fine start?

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offers some advice to Martin O’Neill on the fines he may wish to consider imposing after yesterday’s defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory at Molineux …

The competitionclick here – to come up with a new name for Martin O’Neill column at Salut! Sunderland is still open.

OK, the new manager does not yet know he’s to have one. But whether he chooses to sent out post-match e-mails or rely on simple statements and comments, his thoughts will be distilled on these pages just as Steve Bruce’s were.

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Welcome Keiren Westwood and Seb Larsson. And that’s official

Salut! Sunderland is delighted to note the statement from Sunderland AFC tonight confirming 1) perhaps the worst-kept secret so far of the transfer market and 2) success in one of the most encouraging of our reported attempts to bring in fresh talent.

Terms have been agreed with Keiren Westwood, the Coventry City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, whose transfer has been reported as fact all or much of the day, everywhere from the Midlands press to Sky Sports, and with Birmingham City’s Swedish international midfielder Sebastian Larsson.

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