Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC

Gus Poyet tells targets: Come to Sunderland for the football, not the weather!

Coach Gustavo Poyet says that while Sunderland cannot match London's lifestyle, its passion for football is "unique"

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet tells targets: Come to Sunderland for the football, not the weather!

Coach Gustavo Poyet says that while Sunderland cannot match London's lifestyle, its passion for football is "unique"

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland (R) celebrates scoring against West Bromwich Albion with John O'Shea and Jack Rodwell

West Bromwich Albion 2 Sunderland 2: Steve Brown's match analysis

The Black Cats deserved their draw at West Brom, after a performance of contrasting halves

Newcastle United's Emmanuel Riviere is challenged by Yaya Toure of Manchester City

Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2: Neil Cameron's match analysis

Newcastle United fans have cause to be optimistic despite missed chances and another home defeat

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Gus Poyet confident of keeping Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham

Gus Poyet says Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham will stay at Sunderland, while progress is awaited on Fabio Borini

Gus Poyet

Sunderland's Gustavo Poyet calls for transfer deadline to be moved

On the day Sunderland's Premier League season kicks off at West Brom, Gustavo Poyet laments the fact transfers are still the main talking point.

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet backs Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher partnership

Gus Poyet believes that Sunderland can hit the goal trial with Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher

Newcastle players celebrate the goal of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa United during the friendly against Sydney FC

Neil Cameron: Who has made their case to start for Newcastle United's season opener?

Newcastle United finally have options throughout their squad but there are still a lot of issues to be solved before Manchester City

Alan Pardew the Newcastle United manager

The Agenda: NUFC squad will comfortably compete in Premier League top half

A few fringe players have claimed a stake over the summer for a first-team place - and about time

Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session

Rob Elliot feels New Zealand shutouts will put him in contention

Londoner delighted with pre-season form after good shows in Wellington and Dunedin

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

James Hunter: Sunderland must find a balance between quality AND quantity in their recruitment programme

Gus Poyet is concentrating on improving the quality of his squad, but James Hunter argues the numbers must also stack up

Harry Beamish, historic environment, research and interpretatioin archaeologist at Auckland Castle

Help archaeologists uncover eating habits of County Durham's Prince Bishops

Work in grounds of Auckland Castle reveal remains of hothouses where status-symbol pineapples were grown

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Sunderland recruitment worries understandable - but they've already done best deal

Getting Gus Poyet to sign a long-term contract was the most important deal of Sunderland's summer, even if they need more

The Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC

Black Cats interest in Chelsea's Kurt Zouma is genuine

Sunderland have made an enquiry about Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and are keeping tabs on other Premier League stars who might be loaned out

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

What has gone wrong with England? Why not ask Mike Ashley?

Newcastle United owner could tell you the cost of investing in English talent. It's ridiculously over-priced and could be costing the national side

Newcastle signing Jack Colback

Mark Douglas: Why Newcastle need to present a transfer vision to stop Tyneside mood from curdling

Simply blaming the World Cup for efforts stalling is not good enough - and suggests same mistakes will be made

Alan Pardew during a game against Manchester City

Don Hutchison: Good starts can help make Newcastle and Sunderland Premier League fixtures

Journal columnist Don Hutchison says United and Cats opening-day fixtures are nothing to be feared, but both need good summers

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson

Sunderland set to resist Everton loan move for Adam Johnson

Everton are considering a season-loan for Adam Johnson, but Sunderland are unlikely to be keen

Loic Remy

The Agenda: Financial Fair Play? Doesn't feel like it as QPR rise again

Newcastle United lost Loic Remy to QPR in January 2013 and are still feeling the after effects. Harry Redknapp's men, meanwhile, are prospering

QPR’s Danny Simpson is aiming to secure a return to the Premier League in today’s Championship Play-Off final against Derby

North East interest in the richest showdown in football

Queens Park Rangers or Derby County are a match away from a place in the Premier League in what is billed as football's richest game

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