Sunderland survival would be 'miracle' admits Paolo Di Canio

PAOLO Di Canio last night insisted it would be a miracle when, as he expects, Sunderland escape relegation because the club was “dead” before his arrival.

Jack Colback: Break has come at a bad time for Sunderland

THERE will have been a few eyebrows raised when it was announced Sunderland have been rewarded for FA Cup failure with a week’s training in Dubai.

Pardew is keeping his faith in NUFC keeper Krul

ALAN Pardew says Tim Krul will come back stronger from Newcastle’s catastrophic Christmas collapse at the Emirates.

New year, new hope for Newcastle United

NEW year, new hope. That is the message from Alan Pardew as he revealed a major injury boost for Newcastle United that he is optimistic will accelerate their climb away from the Premier League danger zone.

Newcastle United's aim now is simply safety

ALAN Pardew admits that Newcastle United’s priority is now avoiding the drop after their festive fortunes took a nosedive in incredible circumstances to leave them just three points clear of danger.

Vurnon Anita injury leaves Alan Pardew concerned

ALAN Pardew left Old Trafford last night cursing his defenders, but Newcastle United’s midfield will cause most concern when he picks Saturday’s team to face Arsenal.

O'Neill insists he will keep keeper Simon Mignolet

MARTIN O’Neill says Simon Mignolet will not be leaving Sunderland in January, despite the spectre of Premier League scouts running the rule over the Black Cats’ highly-rated goalkeeper once more.

Capital One Cup Preview: Swansea City v Middlesbrough

TONY Mowbray summed up the importance of a final-four Capital One Cup place with a neat trivia question.

Alan Pardew getting Newcastle board's backing

ALAN Pardew has the support of the boardroom as he faces down the hardest period of his time at St James’ Park.

NUFC sponsorship deal poses questions of football morals

WHEN news broke of Newcastle United striking a controversial four-year shirt sponsorship deal with payday lenders Wonga, the Football Association’s general secretary Alex Horne was strident in his criticism.

Wonga's Newcastle United deal sees St James' Park name reinstated

NEWCASTLE United’s sponsorship deal with moneylender Wonga came with a substantial sweetener yesterday when the new backers renamed the club’s stadium St James’ Park.

Alan Pardew wants a probe into Robin van Persie elbow

ALAN Pardew last night blamed a contentious goalline decision for denying his Newcastle United side the opportunity to take points off Manchester United.

Manchester United repeat defeat would be extra special

ALAN Pardew is targeting a repeat of last season’s “special” defeat of Manchester United – and wants a fever-pitch St James’ Park to play its part.

Simon Mignolet: The buzz is back at Sunderland

SIMON Mignolet says there is a “buzz” about the Black Cats again after Sunderland pulled off one of the biggest deals in the club’s history.

Louis Saha: I can win things with Sunderland AFC

LOUIS Saha insists he has joined Sunderland to win trophies rather than enjoy a North East swansong to his impressive career.

SAFC hoping to clinch Johnson and Fletcher deals

SUNDERLAND are hoping to clinch the two biggest deals of the Ellis Short era this week after lodging new bids for England winger Adam Johnson and Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

SAFC's Carlos Cuellar makes a case for defence

CARLOS Cuellar was on the defensive on Saturday. Having marshaled the barracks perfectly against Arsene Wenger’s frustrated Gunners, he mounted a rearguard action to deny Sunderland will be unduly defensive this season – despite their safety-first approach in North London.

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 - Mark Douglas' match analysis

HIGH in the stands at Arsenal’s impressively appointed Emirates Stadium, a banner is fixed to the advertising hoardings which bears the legend ‘You can’t buy class’.

O'Neill says Sunderland are still short of players

MARTIN O'Neill heads into a new season with Sunderland admitting that his Black Cats squad still requires major rebuilding work before this month's transfer deadline.

Louis Saha: I'm ready to take on Arsenal

LOUIS Saha described his move to Sunderland as a “pleasure” and declared himself fit to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in tomorrow’s Premier League opening match.

Titus Bramble ready to battle for Sunderland spot

TITUS Bramble is ready to prove his many doubters wrong by winning back a first-team place at Sunderland and therefore securing his long-term future at the club.

Sunderland have to step it up, says Sebastian Larsson

SWEDE Sebastian Larsson says Sunderland must raise their game this week after a below-par performance in his homeland.

Sunderland aim to land long-term target Steven Fletcher

SUNDERLAND will move quickly to secure long-term target Steven Fletcher after yesterday receiving £7million for Asamoah Gyan.

Asamoah Gyan agrees £140,000-a-week deal with Al Ain

ASAMOAH Gyan is to become one of the highest-paid players in world football after agreeing a deal with Al Ain that will earn him £36.5m over the next five years.

Asamoah Gyan out but Louis Saha could be a new Cat

ASAMOAH GYAN'S permanent departure from Sunderland is "95 per cent" complete, while Louis Saha has revealed he "would consider" replacing the Ghanaian at the Stadium of Light.

Asamoah Gyan set to agree deal with Al Ain

SUNDERLAND manager Martin O’Neill is close to being rid of Asamoah Gyan – as the striker could be days away from at long last signing a permanent deal with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Galatasaray want SAFC striker Asamoah Gyan

TURKISH giants Galatasaray are ready to mount a challenge for Sunderland’s unwanted record signing Asamoah Gyan.

Euro 2012: It's not for the faint-hearted

IF Spain’s reign over the global game is to go south in the east this summer, it is likely that the pretenders to the throne will emerge from Group B.

Tale of Wearside bosses Steve Bruce and Martin O'Neill

Not until Ellis Short pulled the plug on Bruce were Sunderland under O’Neill able to show some potential, writes Neil Cameron.

Asamoah Gyan departure is still far away

SUNDERLAND insist the long-running Asamoah Gyan saga is no closer to a resolution – despite fresh claims from the United Arab Emirates that a deal to take him to Al-Ain is almost complete.

Now Asamoah Gyan is trying to build bridges

ASAMOAH Gyan, Sunderland’s erstwhile record transfer signing, has claimed he had “no choice” but to move from Wearside to the United Arab Emirates last August.

James McClean's Irish eyes on Euro start

JAMES McClean has thanked Martin O’Neill for helping to make his dream come true, but will not be happy to just make up the numbers at the European Championships.

Martin O'Neill planning a double striker swoop

SUNDERLAND manager Martin O’Neill has revealed he will sign two strikers this summer in a bid to cure his side’s goal-scoring woes.

Demba Ba to be NUFC talisman - Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has backed Demba Ba to re-emerge as Newcastle United’s talisman as they face Champions League D-day in West London.

Asamoah Gyan wants to stay at Al Ain

MARTIN O’NEILL’S summer transfer budget is set to be given a much-needed boost now that Asamoah Gyan wants to make his move to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates a permanent one.

Martin O'Neill: Return of Asamoah Gyan is very slim

MARTIN O’Neill will be on the look-out for goalscorers this summer, but the chances of him taking back the club’s record signing are pretty slim.

Aiden McGeady is Sunderland target for Martin O'Neill

SUNDERLAND manager Martin O’Neill will sit down with club owner Ellis Short this month to discuss his summer transfer budget – with Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady a target, writes NEIL CAMERON.

Gunners not on Sunderland striker's mind today

NICKLAS Bendtner has more reason than most to want to do well against Tottenham Hotspur in today’s lunchtime kick-off.

Nicklas Bendtner's future is uncertain

MARTIN O'Neill admits Sunderland may have trouble holding on to Nicklas Bendtner if he continues to impress between now and the end of the season.

Twitter remains a positive force in football

AT first glance it appears as if professional football’s whirlwind romance with Twitter has hit the rocks.

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