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.
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.
ALAN Pardew says Tim Krul will come back stronger from Newcastle’s catastrophic Christmas collapse at the Emirates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TONY Mowbray summed up the importance of a final-four Capital One Cup place with a neat trivia question.
ALAN Pardew has the support of the boardroom as he faces down the hardest period of his time at St James’ Park.
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.
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 last night blamed a contentious goalline decision for denying his Newcastle United side the opportunity to take points off Manchester United.
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 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 insists he has joined Sunderland to win trophies rather than enjoy a North East swansong to his impressive career.
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.
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.
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’.
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 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 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.
SWEDE Sebastian Larsson says Sunderland must raise their game this week after a below-par performance in his homeland.
SUNDERLAND will move quickly to secure long-term target Steven Fletcher after yesterday receiving £7million for Asamoah Gyan.
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'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.
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.
TURKISH giants Galatasaray are ready to mount a challenge for Sunderland’s unwanted record signing Asamoah Gyan.
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.
Not until Ellis Short pulled the plug on Bruce were Sunderland under O’Neill able to show some potential, writes Neil Cameron.
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.
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 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.
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.
ALAN Pardew has backed Demba Ba to re-emerge as Newcastle United’s talisman as they face Champions League D-day in West London.
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 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.
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.
NICKLAS Bendtner has more reason than most to want to do well against Tottenham Hotspur in today’s lunchtime kick-off.
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.
AT first glance it appears as if professional football’s whirlwind romance with Twitter has hit the rocks.