The Agenda: Cups and Academy kids should never be an after thought

Pop Robson believes that foreign players only see the North East as a potential platform for Manchester and London moves

Mark Douglas: Why do clubs still get it so wrong on managerial appointments?

Sam Allardyce's problem is repeated all over the Premier League reckons chief sports writer Mark Douglas

The Agenda: How to find a playmaker in a difficult market

Newcastle and Sunderland need to find a creative force but as Bryan 'Pop' Robson warns chief sports writer Mark Douglas, it's difficult

Jack Colback set to make Sunderland wait over his future on Wearside

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback postpones decision - as he's warned on potential Newcastle United switch

Albert Luque has word of warning for Newcastle United incomer Ayoze Perez

Spanish striker Ayoze Perez is set to join Newcastle United, but Albert Luque has told him he should have signed for Porto

Steve Harper has sights set on Hull City FA Cup victory

Steve Harper sees himself going in to a week of finals - the FA Cup with Hull City and as a coach with his son's football team

Sunderland's escape will live long in the memory, says Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini says Sunderland's unbelievable run in their Premier League survival challenge will never be forgotten

Mark Douglas: Newcastle United's Cup argument doesn't stack up

Newcastle United's arrogant attitude to cups is muddle-headed and incorrect reckons Mark Douglas

Fabio Borini is part of Liverpool's plans for next season

Sunderland's hopes of re-signing Fabio Borini have been dealt a blow by Brendan Rogers' insistence that the forward has a part to play at Liverpool

Newcastle United open to idea of a 'feeder club'

Newcastle United may consider taking advantage of Greg Dyke's proposals to effectively set up "feeder clubs", but have no plans to field a B team

Newcastle United 'sticking to their principles' over cup competition decision

Alan Pardew also set to remain boss at Newcastle United as Fans' Forum minutes are released

The Agenda: Will Aston Villa experience alter the NUFC ownership agenda?

Sources reckon Newcastle United might be for sale - but so are half the Premier League clubs reports chief sports writer Mark Douglas

Don Hutchison: Alan Pardew is untouchable as long as Mike Ashley stays

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has the toughest job in the Premier League next season reckons Don Hutchison

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone urges Sunderland to keep it together

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is hoping they can keep as much as possible of the squad which finished this season together

Alan Pardew safe in manager's seat and eager to recruit quickly

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has been granted more time - and will get time to work with his re-modelled squad

Sunderland 1 Swansea 3: Mark Smith's match analysis

Black Cats end the season in 14th place as Sunderland's survival party peters out into defeat

Gus Poyet expects to be with Sunderland next season

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has already met Sunderland owner Ellis Short, with further talks planned

I will come back stronger next season, says Alan Pardew

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew wants to recruit quickly and come back stronger next season

Fabio Borini hints at possibly staying at Sunderland

The striker would be open to extending his Sunderland stay and says 'anything is possible' for the season ahead after the side's great escape

Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 0 - Mark Douglas' match analysis

When a dispirited Gus Poyet confessed that divine intervention was required to save Sunderland after they’d leaked five at Tottenham, he could barely have imagined that they would complete their mission impossible with a game to spare

Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0: Mark Douglas' match analysis

New players will arrive in the summer but a new direction is needed at Newcastle United after making enemies of their own fans

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Connor Wickham's belated emergence as a Premier League striker has given Sunderland an assurance that will keep them in the top flight

Gustavo Poyet praises commitment of his departing Sunderland heroes

Half the Sunderland team which beat Manchester United on Saturday are due to leave in the summer, but you would never have known it

Gus Poyet leaves door ajar for Jack Colback and Phil Bardsley to stay at Sunderland

Sunderland may yet reopen contract talks with Jack Colback and Phil Bardsley - if the Black Cats survive relegation

Manchester United v Sunderland preview: Mannone hoping for more special memories

Vito Mannone plans to enjoy today’s trip to Manchester United as much as his last, he tells Stuart Rayner

Gustavo Poyet determined to keep Connor Wickham grounded

Sunderland coach Gustavo Poyet has been working hard to keep his players' feet on the ground this week - especially Connor Wickham's

Sunderland's future is at stake, admits Lee Cattermole

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole knows relegation could mean job losses, budget cuts and a loss of status

Gustavo Poyet will try to rein his emotions in during Sunderland's run-in

Coach Gustavo Poyet will try to keep his emotions under control as Sunderland fight relegation - but he admits it will not be easy

Fabio Borini: Sunderland have found the belief and desire to stay up

Forward Fabio Borini says Sunderland have found the belief and the desire to stay in the Premier League

Don Hutchison: Three things I have learned this week

Black Cats legend Don Hutchison on three things he has learned this week

Vito Mannone says Sunderland have won the battle but not the war

Vito Mannone has warned that Sunderland they have "won the battle but not the war" as they hit the final strait of their survival scrap

Sunderland 4 Cardiff City 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Mathematically speaking, Sunderland need seven points from their last three matches to confirm their place in next season's Premier League

Sunderland v Cardiff preview: Loans are the catalyst for Connor Wickham's form

Connor Wickham is finally starting to look like the play Sunderland thought they had bought, writes Stuart Rayner

Gus Poyet: My Sunderland players can be heroes - but time is running out

Gustavo Poyet has told his Sunderland players they can be heroes - but they are fast running out of opportunities

Phil Bardsley remains open to staying at Sunderland

Contract talks are not dead for Scotland defender Phil Bardsley who is still open to staying on Wearside to play with the Black Cats next season

The Agenda: Has the era of stability in football come to an end?

Chief sports writer Mark Douglas examines whether football's stability philosophy has suffered a damaging blow with the sacking of David Moyes

Sunderland defender Louis Laing gets a chance at Manchester United

Sunderland have turned down defender Louis Laing - but he may be going to Manchester United

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2: Neil Cameron's match analysis

Sunderland pulled out all the stops last night in their clash with Manchester City and despite playing a blinder, had to settle for a draw

Manchester City v Sunderland preview: Poyet longs for future stability

Gus Poyet talks to Steve Brown ahead of his side's clash with Manchester City and tells how he is determined to change Sunderland for the better

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy back for Newcastle United

French pair Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy hand Alan Pardew a welcome boost ahead of visit of Swansea


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