Gustavo Poyet has questioned why there has been so much smoke surrounding Stoke City's interest in Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole but no fire
The men in charge of Premier League referees seem to think that silence is golden. After a weekend of controversial decisions, Stuart Rayner is not so sure
NEWCASTLE United target Massadio Haïdara gave out encouraging signs last night that he would welcome a move to Tyneside, and revealed St James’ Park’s French community could play a major part in his decision.
GABRIEL Obertan has been backed to put the “fear” in opposition defences over the festive period, as Alan Pardew hints at a major role for the winger over Christmas.
BURY remain rooted to the foot of the League One table as their first win of the season remains tantalisingly out of reach – despite the arrival of new manager Kevin Blackwell.
TONY Mowbray admits he may need to add a bit of nous up front if his new-look Boro side are to achieve promotion to the Premier League.
CALL Sunderland a soft touch within earshot of Martin O’Neill and you might get an angry email.
WRAPPING someone up in cotton wool could have a suffocating effect, which is something Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill wants to avoid with James McClean.
SACKING Steve Bruce has achieved everything Sunderland had hoped for and more.
RYAN Taylor knows what a goal can do for a footballer’s confidence, and he has already seen an improvement in Leon Best’s.
ALAN Pardew has promised not to upset the balance of his squad after a win inspired by the survivors of last summer's overhaul.
WHEN asked by a reporter recently if he might be starting to attract interest from elsewhere, Alan Pardew asked if he was joking.
FOR the second time this season, Danny Simpson believes Newcastle United have caught Queens Park Rangers at just the wrong moment.
MARTIN O’Neill is expected to be named the new manager of Sunderland today.
MICK McCARTHY has stoked up the pressure already mounting on Steve Bruce, by claiming Sunday’s Premier League showdown between their respective clubs “couldn’t be any bigger”.
NEWCASTLE hope to soften the blow of losing Joey Barton to QPR by landing Dutch left-back Erik Pieters in the next two days.
JOEY BARTON was last night still mulling over a move to QPR, admitting he has been left impressed by the south-west London club’s ambitions but requires time to make a decision on his future.
WAYNE Routledge's permanent transfer to Queens Park Rangers has stalled because the winger is waiting for a so-called "loyalty" payment from Newcastle United before he agrees to the move.
MARK Cooper feels that the imminent transfer of young defender Dan Burn to Fulham will give all of Darlington’s Academy players motivation moving forward.
STEPHEN Ireland is desperate to pull on a Newcastle United shirt – so he can consign the most difficult period of his career to history.