Niall Quinn has mighty manager decision to make

SIX months ago, Niall Quinn promised Sunderland fans "a world-class manager".

Quinn in tribute to departing Sbragia

SUNDERLAND will begin the search for a new manager today after Ricky Sbragia resigned having kept the Black Cats in the Premier League.

Dire campaign ends with more questions than answers

THEY managed to dodge the relegation bullet thanks to the ineptitude of the Premier League firing squad, but Sunderland’s escape can not disguise the fact this season has been a major letdown.

Quinn: Sbragia no stop-gap measure

NIALL Quinn has dismissed rumours Ricky Sbragia is just a stop-gap appointment until a new manager can be unveiled this summer, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Ricky Sbragia wants to avoid spotlight

NIALL Quinn will sound out caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia about the possibility of staying on until the end of the season when the pair meet this week, but the unassuming Scot remains uncomfortable with the idea of becoming a full-time manager.

O'Neill gives his big five a breather

ASTON Villa manager Martin O’Neill has defended his decision to omit many of his leading players for tonight’s Uefa Cup clash with SV Hamburg in Germany.

Survey comments - Q5: Your suggestions for manager

WE asked who you'd like to see as Newcastle manager from the following options:

Hughton has to raise wilting side

THE job of caretaker manager is more about lifting morale than having a tactical masterplan.

Joey Barton in line for United return

THE threadbare nature of Newcastle United’s first-team squad could be ruthlessly highlighted at Arsenal today as manager Kevin Keegan admitted he has been forced to recall his controversial midfielder Joey Barton.

Pascal has found his kindred spirit

OF all the combustible characters added to Sunderland’s dressing room over the summer, it is perhaps Pascal Chimbonda who arrived on Wearside with the most to prove.

Momentum is with Cats – Tainio

TEEMU Tainio believes potential signings will be attracted to Sunderland because they will sense the “momentum” that is building up around Roy Keane’s blueprint for break into the Premier League top ten.

Bitterness will not spur on Hughton

CHRIS Hughton has claimed he will not be bitter on his return to Spurs tomorrow as Newcastle’s first-team coach, but he will be desperate to take three points off them.

Hughton move ‘Keegan’s idea’

KEVIN Keegan was the driving force behind the appointment of Chris Hughton as Newcastle United’s assistant manager this week, despite rumours he had nothing to do with his arrival.

Mido glad of his FA Cup work-out

A COUPLE of weeks after declaring himself “useless” for first-team football, Middlesbrough star Mido believes Wednesday’s gruelling extended work-out has done him the power of good.

Keeper waits on surgery verdict

NEWCASTLE United are still hopeful Shay Given will not need an operation on his troublesome groin despite the Irishman’s latest injury setback.

Hughton to get No 2 job

KEVIN Keegan is set to appoint former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Chris Hughton as his number two at St James’s Park.

Manchester Utd 6, Newcastle Utd 0

NEWCASTLE United were like a ship without a captain against Manchester United.

Mourinho could give United fans the success they crave

Sam Allardyce’s departure has led to the usual flurry of speculation about who is going to replace him.

Pompey fight to hold on to Harry

PORTSMOUTH responded to the mounting speculation that Harry Redknapp has been lined up to become the next manager of Newcastle United with an attempt at a pre-emptive strike last night.

Redknapp favourite for United hotseat

HARRY Redknapp emerged as the early favourite to become the new manager of Newcastle United last night following the shock departure of Sam Allardyce.

Sam always seen as Shepherd’s man

THERE was always something which counted against Sam Allardyce as Newcastle United’s manager and it had nothing to do with the style of football, tactics, backroom staff or even results.

Regrets? Fans have too few to mention

NEWCASTLE fans last night spoke of their shock at the timing of Sam Allardyce’s departure, but all had confidence that owner Mike Ashley and chairman Chris Mort would have a top replacement lined up.

Familiar failings trouble winger

JAMES Milner believes it is time Newcastle United’s players realised their potential under Sam Allardyce after he admitted the manager had every right to be exasperated with them.

Mort relishing challenge

HE has taken a less high-profile approach to his new job than owner Mike Ashley in recent weeks, but Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort is relishing the challenge of trying to turn the club into a European force again.

Sam's United ahead of game

SAM Allardyce last night admitted his Newcastle team are ahead of schedule as the in-form Magpies defeated Tottenham to record their best start to a Premier League season in 11 years.

Newcastle Utd 3, Tottenham 1

MARTIN Jol had spent the pre-match build-up arguing Newcastle United were jealous of Tottenham Hotspur, but there was little to provoke the green-eyed monster last night as his side were efficiently dispatched and he was pushed another step closer to unemployment.

Defeat could mean sack for Jol

STEVE McClaren is fighting for his job after an embarrassing Euro 2008 campaign but Martin Jol was fighting for his after just one defeat on the opening day of the season.

I am not here to be popular

BEING popular does not concern United’s Sam Allardyce as the thick-skinned manager insisted he is not afraid to upset Newcastle’s players and supporters as he strives to bring success to St James’s Park.

Tactics switch to lift star duo

SAM Allardyce is confident Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins can make a productive partnership as he prepares to adjust Newcastle’s tactics to help an untried strike-force silence the sceptics.

Allardyce praise for positive nuisance

IT will come as little surprise to former club Manchester City, but Sam Allardyce has already labelled midfielder Joey Barton a nuisance at Newcastle United.

Southgate furious with ref over Spurs opener

GARETH Southgate angrily criticised referee Keith Stroud for allowing Spurs’ first goal to count in their 2-0 Carling Cup victory at White Hart Lane.

The sack race is starting too soon

SAM Allardyce will be hoping to heap further pressure on one of the Premier League’s most under-threat managers on Monday, but the Newcastle United boss knows it could just as easily have been him fighting for his job had the Magpies not made such a good start to the season.

Central issues

SAM Allardyce faces a difficult decision over Kieron Dyer this week after it emerged Joey Barton will miss the start of the new Premier League season.

United can be a happy home

HE may be resigned to losing some of his top transfer targets to “bigger” clubs, but Sam Allardyce is determined to create a Newcastle United no one wants to leave.

Europe is Spur for Bent

Darren Bent is determined to help Tottenham challenge for a Champions League place following his £16.5m move from Charlton.

Woodgate begins bid for fitness

Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate is back in training as he attempts to prove his fitness for the start of the new season.

Deal is not sealed yet

Sam Allardyce's attempts to make Mark Viduka a Newcastle player might not be as straightforward as he had hoped following Gareth Southgate's insistence that the Australian could still be at Middlesbrough next season.

Sam's fresh bid

Sam Allardyce will turn his attentions to a player he failed to sign and a player he failed to hold on to while at Bolton Wanderers after Sami Hyypia revealed he will not be joining up with Newcastle United.

Spurs win race to secure Bale

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Wales left-back Gareth Bale from Southampton in a deal which could be worth up to £10m to the Hampshire club, writes MIKE MCGRATH.

Juventus in move for Martins

Juventus are planning to test Sam Allardyce's resolve to keep Obafemi Martins at St James's Park after picking out the controversial Nigerian as the ideal man to spearhead their return to Serie A.

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