Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet accuses Mark Hughes of stoking trouble

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

Referee Kevin Friend

The Agenda: Should referees be allowed to talk more?

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

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew makes enquiry for Frenchman Massadio Haidara

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.

Newcastle United's Gabriel Obertan

Winger Gabriel Obertan's pace will be fully exploited

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 1 Carlisle United 1

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.

Marvin Emnes' shot puts Middlesbrough ahead in their Capital One Cup win over Bury

Bury 1 Middlesbrough 2

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.

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill riled by Roberto Mancini comments

CALL Sunderland a soft touch within earshot of Martin O’Neill and you might get an angry email.

Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan

Sunderland 3 QPR 1

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.

Martin O'Neill

Sunderland have the key man in Martin O'Neill

SACKING Steve Bruce has achieved everything Sunderland had hoped for and more.

Leon Best

Ryan Taylor: Goal has given Leon Best a confidence boost

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

Alan Pardew won't upset squad balance

ALAN Pardew has promised not to upset the balance of his squad after a win inspired by the survivors of last summer's overhaul.

Yohan Cabaye in action for Newcastle against QPR

Newcastle United 1 Queens Park Rangers 0

WHEN asked by a reporter recently if he might be starting to attract interest from elsewhere, Alan Pardew asked if he was joking.

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Simpson: Hughes will want to make his mark

FOR the second time this season, Danny Simpson believes Newcastle United have caught Queens Park Rangers at just the wrong moment.

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill expected to take SAFC manager job

MARTIN O’Neill is expected to be named the new manager of Sunderland today.

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy turns the heat up on Steve Bruce

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”.

Erik Pieters

Newcastle United set to do deal for Erik Pieters

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

Joey Barton still mulling over move to QPR

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.

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Wayne Routledge QPR deal hits snag

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.

Dan Burn move will motivate Darlington FC

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.

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Stephen Ireland hopes for his debut

STEPHEN Ireland is desperate to pull on a Newcastle United shirt – so he can consign the most difficult period of his career to history.

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