Sunderland's manager Paolo Di Canio, left, is sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson

Mark Douglas: Want to be heard? Then best make a fuss

Refereeing decisions have become the topic of choice for many because of the drama they create believes Mark Douglas

teaser: Tim Cahill

O'Neill's Sunderland closing in on Tim Cahill deal

MARTIN O’Neill has dropped a huge hint Sunderland will look to strike a deal for former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill after admitting he is open to short-term loan deals this January.

Sunderland's James McClean

James McClean is positive in defeat

JAMES McClean believes Sunderland can take encouragement from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Connor Wickham of Sunderland

Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1 - Stuart Rayner's match analysis

HOW many injuries does it take to cause a crisis? At Sunderland right now, three will do it.

teaser: Martin O'Neill

Ups and downs and overall progress for Sunderland

Martin O’Neill’s first year in charge has been a mixed bag but, viewed in context, still a reasonably successful one.

Adam Johnson of Sunderland

Adam Johnson loses place in England squad

ADAM Johnson’s poor Sunderland form has cost him his place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill accuses Villa of 'rewriting history'

MARTIN O’Neill last night accused Aston Villa of “rewriting history” about his four years at the club.

Sunderland's Craig Gardner

Craig Gardner just happy to play for Martin O'Neill

CRAIG Gardner is happy to shelve his midfield ambitions and get stuck into the right-back role to help power Sunderland’s top eight ambitions.

Adam Johnson of Sunderland

Adam Johnson withdraws from England squad after injury

SUNDERLAND’S hopes that their international contingent would return from national team duties with a clean bill of health were dealt a blow last night when Adam Johnson withdrew from the England squad after picking up a thigh injury.

Adam Johnson

Debuts mark an exciting new era for Sunderland

MARTIN O'Neill will send Adam Johnson into League Cup battle against Morecambe tonight with the promise that Sunderland are ready to become an attacking force in the Premier League again.

Martin O'Neill

Sunderland are keeping the fans guessing on future

It is a big summer for Sunderland and Martin O’Neill as they look to re-focus on their top-seven mission.

Euro 2012: A point gained but not proven for England

England made a solid but unspectacular start to Euro 2012. For Newcastle fans, the performance of France right-back Mathieu Debuchy was equally concerning argues chief sports writer Mark Douglas

New England manager Roy Hodgson

Sense of caution cloaks Roy Hodgson's final 23

FROM the Football Association’s safe pair of hands, the safest of squads.

Manchester City celebrate winning the Premier League

Reasons to celebrate 20th Premier League campaign

The 20th, and perhaps most exciting, Premier League season finished on Sunday.

Phil Bardsley in action for Sunderland against Manchester United

Sunderland 0 Manchester United 1 - Neil Cameron's match analysis

MARTIN O'Neill was able to look Sir Alex Ferguson straight in the eye last night and say his team played with complete integrity throughout yesterday's incredible match at the Stadium of Light.

Jack Colback

Jack Colback told to have more confidence

JACK Colback has been told to have more confidence in his ability by a man who has plenty.

Craig Gardner

Midfielder Craig Gardner feeling right at home

FEW epitomise the turnaround at Sunderland this season better than Craig Gardner.

Martin O'Neill

It's a question of wins at Sunderland - and quickly

Martin O’Neill knows all too well the tough task awaiting him as Sunderland boss.

Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson's happiest of returns to Devils

DANNY Simpson compared his goal-line heroics at the weekend to scoring at his beloved Old Trafford.

teaser: Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner is ready to face Fulham

STRIKER Nicklas Bendtner is expected to be fit to face Fulham on Saturday after recovering from illness.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer