MATCHES between Sunderland and Chelski are rarely dull, but neither do they tend to be much fun for those of a Wearside disposition.
IF YOU are Danny Rose’s age, there is only one England left-back.
ADAM Johnson’s poor Sunderland form has cost him his place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
THIS week grumpy old manager Martin O’Neill was bemoaning another aspect of the modern game, the fashion for multi-coloured, wafer-thin football boots.
ALAN Pardew left Old Trafford disappointed last night after seeing his side go out of the Capital One Cup – but only just.
MARTIN O’Neill might not be letting Sunderland’s slow progress in the transfer market trouble him, but he does feel the Black Cats will struggle if they don’t add more “quality” before the start of the season.
THE ‘big man’ is back for England, but the ‘long con’ is long gone.
ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson insisted his side remained a work in progress after their draw with France last night.
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
WITH the only Magpies on the opposition, Group D threatens divided loyalties for Newcastle supporters.
FROM the Football Association’s safe pair of hands, the safest of squads.
The 20th, and perhaps most exciting, Premier League season finished on Sunday.
FRAIZER Campbell will not get his ideal final game of the season with a Sunderland win and a 20th Premier League title for his former club Manchester United.
ROY Hodgson has been handed a contract to take him through to Euro 2016 in France – and a remit to change the face of the England team.
FRAIZER Campbell says he could not have written a better script after going from the lowest point of his life to the highest.
ANOTHER day, another new era at Wembley. But not that new.
FOOTBALL managers love a smokescreen. If you walk into a press room or in front of a camera expecting criticism of yourself and/or your team, get in early with a talking point to distract the media.
JOHN O’Shea insists the energy and enthusiasm of James McClean could both be vital ingredients in Sunderland’s recipe for success.
IT is 51 weeks since the first big transfer of 2011.
AFTER helping Newcastle United to a famous victory over his hometown club, Danny Simpson’s phone was in danger of meltdown.