Micah Richards of Manchester City

Micah Richards would fit the bill for Newcastle United

Alan Pardew will consider a £4m summer move for Micah Richards after the former defender made it known he wants to leave Manchester City

Robbie Clarkson gives his dream job a kick start

Soccer and statistics are the new focus for a former North East lecturer and footballer who has netted a top job with Manchester City.

Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring a penalty against Great Britain to make it 2-0

Team GB 0 Brazil 2 - Neil Cameron at the Riverside

YOU have to wonder what the score would have been last night if Brazil had actually, well, really tried.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele

Jason Steele can't wait for Olympics kick-off

JASON Steele is a living and breathing antidote to any cynicism surrounding Team GB’s men’s football team.

New England manager Roy Hodgson

Sense of caution cloaks Roy Hodgson's final 23

FROM the Football Association’s safe pair of hands, the safest of squads.

Sebastian Larsson

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 3

FUNNY thing, belief. If it were possible to mine it, bottle it and put it on sale to the highest bidder even the eye-watering wealth of Manchester City's munificent benefactor Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan might be under threat

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 3

Manchester City dropped two potentially vital points in the Barclays Premier League title race despite a rousing late fightback against Sunderland.

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce doing a fine job of steadying England ship

ANOTHER day, another new era at Wembley. But not that new.

Nicklas Bendtner

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0

THERE may have been times this season when Ellis Short was wondering if he had been sold a pup, so it was a pity he was not at the Stadium of Light yesterday to witness just what Niall Quinn had promised him.

England call for Andy and Jordan?

NORTH East hot prospects Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson are poised for a first call-up to the senior England squad.

teaser: Titus Bramble

Brilliant Titus Bramble praised by Steve Bruce

STEVE Bruce hailed a magnificent defensive display from Titus Bramble as Sunderland secured a memorable victory over big-spending Manchester City.

Darren Bent

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0

MONEY cannot buy you happiness, but it definitely makes life a whole lot easier.

Fraizer Campbell is thinking club not country

FRAIZER Campbell is refusing to get carried away with thoughts of an England call-up – because he is more concerned with nailing down a place at Sunderland first.

teaser: Nedum Onuoha

City valuation of Nedum Onuoha too steep for NUFC

NEWCASTLE United will have to persuade Manchester City to significantly drop their valuation of Nedum Onuoha if the Nigeria-born defender is to move to St James’ Park.

teaser: Márton Fülöp, Marton Fulop

Black Cats will avoid relegation says Márton Fülöp

MÁRTON Fülöp remains confident Sunderland will stay clear of relegation trouble despite their worrying recent slide back down the table.

Teaser: Ricky Sbragia

Sbragia blames referee for Sunderland defeat at City

RICKY Sbragia will ask the Football Association to rescind George McCartney’s red card after the Sunderland manager blamed his sending off for the Black Cats’ 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Manchester City 1, Sunderland 0

NO matter how good a damage limitation exercise is, it is still a failure if any lasting damage is done, as Micah Richards’s second-half header proved to Sunderland.

England need a Brazilian blend

Are English football academies letting down the very children they are designed to develop?

Teaser: David Bentley

Bentley staying a Rover

KEVIN Keegan has been told not to bother trying to bring David Bentley’s career at Blackburn to an end after Ewood Park officials insisted an approach from Newcastle’s ambitious boss will not be entertained.

Teaser: Kevin Keegan

Stopper top of United list

KEVIN Keegan has set his sights on drafting a new leader into his back four, and the Newcastle United manager is confident the club’s standing will not allow the slim prospects of European football next season to stop him.

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