Sam Allardyce, manager of West Ham United

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

Gus Poyet, Sunderland's head coach

Gus Poyet urges Sunderland players to seize historic chance

A chance of a lifetime awaits Sunderland tonight as they take on Manchester United in the Capital One Cup semi-final

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United scores with a header against Sunderland

Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Adam Johnson's came off the bench last night to help Sunderland edge closer to the final of the Capital One Cup

Sunderland coach Gustavo Poyet

Emphasis is on enjoyment for Sunderland, says boss Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet has told his Sunderland players to enjoy the “nicest” games of their season

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Manchester Utd v Newcastle preview: Pressure on Moyes presents opportunity to Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is hoping to exploit the pressure with comes with trying to follow in Sir Alex Ferguson's footsteps

Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball

Kevin keeps his eye on the ball to weigh up Sunderland players

Kevin Ball has been doing a lot of spying recently. If David Moyes has had to quickly get to know the Manchester United squad he inherited this summer, his opposite number this evening has had it much tougher

Paolo Di Canio during the game against West Brom

Paolo Di Canio will be back, says David Moyes

David Moyes believes the experience Paolo Di Canio endured at Sunderland underlines the precarious nature of football management

Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew

The Agenda: Six burning issues for Alan Pardew

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has a number of issues to address this season in order for Newcastle United to prosper

Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle United

Yohan Cabaye an admirer of champions Manchester United

YOHAN Cabaye has increased speculation about his Newcastle United future with an interview in which he described playing for Manchester United as “an interesting challenge”.

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NUFC unlikely to be held to ransom over transfers

NEWCASTLE UNITED have already buckled once, but January threatens to test their patience and principles, writes Stuart Rayner.

Gabriel Obertan

Gabriel Obertan: We must all take the blame

GABRIEL Obertan says the blame for Newcastle’s defensive horror show should be shouldered by the entire team, not just the back four.

Martin O'Neill

Moments which shaped 2012: Everton end Sunderland's trophy dreams

YESTERDAY was the shortest day of the year. On Wearside, they are in complete agreement about when the longest was.

Adam Johnson of Sunderland

Everton 2 Sunderland 1 - Stuart Rayner's match analysis

AT the home of one of 2012’s most improved teams, not to mention one with a historical hold over them, Sunderland at last started to find their feet this season.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Patience a luxury in football, but Moyes proof of its benefit

Martin O’Neill aspires to better things with Sunderland, but it will take time.

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What has happened to Martin O'Neill's Sunderland?

SUNDERLAND'S dismal form under Martin O’Neill has now lasted as long as the brilliance which preceded it.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew tells NUFC fans: My future in your hands

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s supporters will ultimately decide his future despite the eight-year contract handed to him by the St James’ Park hierarchy.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Stable platform to build success upon for Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has embarked on an unprecedented project in Premier League football.

Sammy Ameobi

Newcastle United youth to get chance in Madeira

IT is a long way to go for Newcastle United’s young guns to learn home truths – 1,713 miles to be precise and almost to the tip of Africa.

Demba Ba celebrates scoring against Everton

Demba Ba braces bags a point for Newcastle United

DEMBA Ba came off the bench to score both of Newcastle United's goals - including their 1,00th in the Premier League - as Alan Pardew's men claimed their first point of the season away from home.

Papiss Cisse

'Audacious' header put a spring in Papiss Cisse's step

Newcastle need their big guns to start firing as they head up to fortress Goodison Park today.

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