RICKY Sbragia turned down a king’s ransom to keep him at the Stadium of Light, and last night proved what he had maintained all along – Kenwyne Jones’ value to Sunderland can’t be quantified by millions in the bank.
Kenwyne Jones celebrated his new contract with the only goal as Sunderland ended a run of four Barclays Premier League games without a win against Fulham.
JOE Kinnear is banking on Michael Owen’s understanding if he decides to leave him on the substitutes’ bench at Fulham tomorrow.
FEW will have ever seen anything like this before and most will never see anything like it again, but if Sunderland were still playing Fulham at Craven Cottage this morning you would not be surprised if the game was goalless.
ROY Keane has argued it is up to his players to enable him to pick a settled team after his latest tinkering with Sunderland’s strikeforce drew a blank against Fulham.
ROY Keane has defended new signing David Healy ahead of his return to former club Fulham today even though the striker has struggled for form since signing for Sunderland in the summer.
ROY Keane has effectively ruled Dwight Yorke out of contention for Sunderland’s trip to Fulham after his international exertions – claiming the veteran midfielder will not be able to cope with the rigours of a fourth start in a fortnight.
DARLINGTON have accepted an offer from Premier League strugglers Fulham for highly-rated goalkeeper David Stockdale, who will move to Craven Cottage at the end of the season.
IT is difficult to say which is more unusual for the first weekend in April – the snow which fell over London on Sunday morning or the fact Sunderland have all but secured their Premier League safety with weeks to spare.
SIR Bobby Robson thinks Newcastle United should “easily” avoid relegation after Saturday’s morale-boosting win over Fulham – but has warned they face a busy summer, with five new signings needed to turn the Magpies into contenders for Uefa Cup qualification.
HAVING resembled a drunk fumbling around looking for his keys since Kevin Keegan became manager, Newcastle United finally appeared to find the launch button to start a new dawn against Fulham.
TODAY’S home game against Fulham is one Newcastle United will always be the favourites to win, but Geremi has been around long enough to realise that much of football’s appeal derives from the fact nothing can ever be taken for granted.
SHAY Given is hoping Newcastle United’s foreign defenders are learning to cope with the Premier League bullies following the team’s first clean sheet since August against Fulham.
DAVID Rozehnal believes Newcastle United’s clean sheet against Fulham was just as important as the three points earned in victory as the centre-back admitted the team’s poor defensive record had begun to mess with the players’ heads.
SAM Allardyce has admitted he did not want to play Claudio Caçapa against Fulham but Newcastle’s manager was thrilled to see the Brazilian thrive after Steven Taylor was ruled out by a hamstring injury on the eve of the game.
IT was scrappy, disjointed, tight and tedious. It was, for anyone who stumbled across it as a neutral, an ugly and unattractive spectacle with all the appeal of EastEnders’ Pat Butcher wearing nothing more than fishnet stockings.
DAMIEN Duff made a scoring return to action for Newcastle in a behind-closed-doors friendly yesterday – but neither he nor Brazilian defender Claudio Caçapa will play at Fulham tomorrow.
HAVING learned that points can be lost when playing well in the Premier League, Sunderland discovered they can also be gained when playing badly against Fulham.
Fulham made their first signing of the close season when versatile former Newcastle defender Aaron Hughes agreed to a £1m move from Aston Villa.
Fulham are refusing to comment on a report West Brom have turned down a £7m bid for frontman Diomansy Kamara and midfielder Jason Koumas.
Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed yesterday blasted the Premier League for "selling the clubs short" in their commercial negotiations - despite being on the brink of receiving an unprecedented windfall.
Mark Viduka advertised his claims for an even more lucrative contract with a virtuoso performance at the Riverside yesterday.
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is targeting a £1m reward for winning tomorrow's final Premiership game against Fulham.
Lawrie Sanchez admitted it was a wrench to end his triumphant spell as Northern Ireland coach but insisted he could not resist the draw of managing Fulham full-time.
Antti Niemi believes Lawrie Sanchez has done enough to be made permanent Fulham manager.
Furious Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez blasted the officials for missing Michael Brown's headbutt on Xabi Alonso in this 1-0 defeat by Fulham.
Fulham caretaker-manager Lawrie Sanchez is determined to remain "resilient" as he continues his baptism of fire in the Premiership.
Lawrie Sanchez accepted Fulham had missed a golden chance to all but secure their status after they were beaten 3-1 at Arsenal.
Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez insists he is relishing the challenge of a relegation battle after the Cottagers claimed a vital point in their battle against relegation with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn.
Lawrie Sanchez's first match as Fulham boss ended in defeat but he saw enough in the second half against Reading to suggest survival in the Barclays Premiership is possible.
The Irish Football Association yesterday admitted they are looking at their long-term options even though Lawrie Sanchez - appointed caretaker boss of Fulham until the end of the season - intends to see out his contract with Northern Ireland.
Lawrie Sanchez has taken a shock step into top-flight management following his appointment as Chris Coleman's successor at Fulham.
Manager Chris Coleman said he understood why Fulham fans booed him off and called for his dismissal after the defeat by Manchester City left the Cottagers just four points clear of the Premiership relegation zone.
Manager David Moyes hailed his Everton stars last night after they forced their way into fifth place in the Premier League with a hammering of Fulham.
Fulham have reacted to Glenn Roeder's decision to drop Titus Bramble by lodging their interest in the Newcastle centre-back.
Fulham boss Chris Coleman refused to blame referee Lee Mason for Aston Villa's opener in the 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage - but felt his side should have been awarded a free kick in the build-up.
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce lauded Jussi Jaaskelainen as the number one keeper in the Premiership after his side stepped up their bid for Europe with a victory over Fulham which keeps them in sight of the promised land for the second time in three seasons.
Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock was full of praise for Jon Stead after the striker grabbed his first goal for the club.
Fulham manager Chris Coleman says it is unlikely he will be able to make striker Vincenzo Montella's move to Craven Cottage a permanent one.
Fulham boss Chris Coleman felt his side were unfairly denied victory against Tottenham - even though the linesman made the right decision for Pascal Chimbonda's equaliser.