MARTIN O’Neill’s Sunderland turned up yesterday and in doing so inflicted a deserved and quite wonderful defeat on the Premier League champions.
FOR about 15 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, the Stéphane Sessègnon of last season showed up.
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.
ADAM Johnson has warned England’s most promising youngsters signing for clubs like Manchester City can seriously harm their international health.
IN Simon Mignolet, Martin O’Neill thinks Sunderland have a goalkeeper whose bravery ranks alongside greats like Peter Shilton and Pat Jennings.
CRAIG Gardner is happy to shelve his midfield ambitions and get stuck into the right-back role to help power Sunderland’s top eight ambitions.
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.
Martin O’Neill knows all too well the tough task awaiting him as Sunderland boss.
MARTIN O’Neill is expected to be named the new manager of Sunderland today.
FABIO Capello’s one trip to St James’ Park never took off.
TODAY is decision day across Europe. More teams will have their names crossed off the Euro 2012 guest list than inked in, but by this time tomorrow, the picture will be an awful lot clearer.
ALAN Pardew says that Newcastle United are making good progress in their summer recruitment drive.
STEPHEN Ireland is heading back to Aston Villa after suffering a season-ending ankle injury - but with the Villans prepared to do a knock-down deal in the summer he may yet return to Tyneside.
FORMER Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan has taken a fresh swipe at former boss Mike Ashley over the sale of Andy Carroll – saying he doesn’t believe Alan Pardew will get to spend much of his British record £35million transfer fee.
ON its final day of business, Stephen Ireland is expected to become Newcastle United’s first new addition of the January transfer window.
IT took him just one half of his international debut against France last night for Andy Carroll to launch an argument to suggest he will be part of England’s plans for years to come
THIS week the league had Burradon and New Fordley, Ashington RAOB and Blyth Comrades playing in NFA County Sunday Cup.
DARREN Bent was “devastated” after missing the chance to stake his claim as Wayne Rooney’s England strike partner, but Sunderland club-mate Phil Bardsley is expected to complete a meteoric rise to the full international ranks tonight.
NEWCASTLE returned to the Premier League with a bump on Monday but, Mike Williamson tells Stuart Rayner, it did nothing to dishearten him.