Lack of direction, not stability, has hurt Newcastle United and Sunderland since Arsene Wenger's appointment argues Mark Douglas
A red card for Loic Remy ruined what was a restorative night for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
However they tried, Sunderland were once more unable to score against Norwich City on Saturday
THE irony is that Derek Llambias leaves Newcastle United at precisely the moment when he was needed the most.
MIKE Ashley has shaken Newcastle United’s foundations to the core by bringing Joe Kinnear back to the club as new Director of Football, with the former Wimbledon boss claiming he will now have “final say” on transfers.
JOE Kinnear's shock return to Newcastle United is a direct challenge to Alan Pardew’s authority.
THE sands are shifting in the Premier League. The Sir Alex Ferguson era is over and with that comes opportunity – a fact keenly felt at the three top-four clubs that have made managerial changes.
CHRIS Hughton doesn’t come across as a big gambler, so when he takes the plunge and lumps on something you tend to sit up and take notice.
CHRIS Hughton is predicting a bright future for Steve Harper after his playing career – but suspects the Newcastle stalwart has plenty more games left in the tank.
WITH eye-watering amounts of money at stake, it is hard to over-hype the importance of this weekend’s games to those fighting for their Premier League lives.
ALAN Pardew has hit back at accusations that Fabricio Coloccini’s heart is no longer at Newcastle United, writes NEIL CAMERON.
MARTIN O’Neill has admitted his players badly lacked creativity as Sunderland’s woes continued against ten-man Norwich.
CONNOR WICKHAM will be in the Sunderland squad to face Norwich City for Sunday’s vital Premier League match.
FOOTBALL moves so fast these days that today’s back page might be buried under a mountain of conjecture by the time most of the North East is sitting down for its first coffee break of the morning.
ALAN Pardew believes the arrival of Moussa Sissoko will offer Newcastle’s midfield “energy and drive” after striking a deal for the highly-rated France international.
CHRIS Hughton has backed Newcastle to get out of relegation trouble – and hopes Alan Pardew and other managers should be given more time.
FIRST impressions of Mathieu Debuchy are very good. Chief sports writer Mark Douglas reports.
NEWCASTLE United will make Mathieu Debuchy their first signing of what promises to be a busy January transfer window this week.
LEAVING Norwich City a third time is one of the big regrets of Martin O’Neill’s career, but he is full of admiration for the latest occupant of the Carrow Road manager’s office.
Former Magpies stalwarts Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll are back in the North East tomorrow – and the time is right for a re-evaluation of their legacy.