To arrive at the top table NUFC must over-achieve

CONTRARY to popular opinion, Mike Ashley did spend big this summer.

Alan Pardew hopes for a different signing

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United do not require “major surgery” to challenge for a Champions League place this season.

Papiss Cisse rises from sickbed to train

PAPISS Cisse has resumed light training at Newcastle United's training base in Munich.

Andy Carroll asking price raised to £20m

LIVERPOOL have placed a £20million price tag on Andy Carroll’s head, dimming hopes that the striker is set for an emotional return to St James’ Park.

George McCartney leaves as SAFC push for Carlos Cuellar

SUNDERLAND will try to push through the signing of Carlos Cuellar after finally cutting their ties with George McCartney yesterday.

George McCartney close to West Ham move

SUNDERLAND outcast George McCartney was last night edging closer to sealing a permanent move to West Ham United.

LMA chief endorses Mike Ashley's reign at NUFC

FROM a pariah to a role model, Newcastle United and Mike Ashley can set an example for other clubs when it comes to backing their managers, as League Manager’s Association chief Richard Bevan tells Mark Douglas in an exclusive interview.

Everton cast their eye over Kieran Richardson

EVERTON have registered an interest in Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson.

Ahmed Elmohamady wanted by Sam Allardyce

AHMED Elmohamady’s hopes of staying in the Premier League could rest on tomorrow’s Championship play-off final.

Wealth and power mean more than nationality in football

ON Sunday the Premier League trophy will more than likely become the plaything of yet another foreign billionaire.

Leicester City 1 West Ham United 2

WEST Ham took their npower Championship automatic promotion challenge to the final day as they came from behind to beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1

MIDDLESBROUGH substitute Bart Ogbeche inflicted yet more midweek misery on West Ham at Upton Park.

'Polish Tevez' Patryk Malecki on trial with Boro

MIDDLESBROUGH are running the rule over an international striker who has been dubbed Poland’s answer to Carlos Tevez.

Newcastle United to announce they are in the black

IT will not receive a fraction of the acclaim a draw with Sunderland did, but the next result from St James’ Park is an important one.

Alan Pardew not thinking about England manager job

ALAN Pardew has moved to assure Newcastle supporters that he’s staying put, despite speculation linking him to the England job.

Middlesbrough 0 West Ham United 2

GOALS from Frederic Piquionne and Carlton Cole put paid to Middlesbrough’s unbeaten home record and ensured West Ham kept the pressure on Championship leaders Southampton.

Boro bid to win against ruthless West Ham United

TONY Mowbray is unlikely to ever send a team out to play like Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United, but the Middlesbrough manager hopes to see them show the same ruthlessness.

Peterborough 1 Middlesbrough 1

TONY Mowbray was left frustrated for a second week running after his shot-shy Middlesbrough side failed to kill off reeling opponents.

Gary Speed - a gifted icon of the Premier League era

AS a manager Gary Speed had only just started the job of rebuilding the Wales national side, but he had already ensured a lasting legacy as one of the finest players of his generation.

Carlisle United's defence is under scrutiny

CARLISLE United will try to book a place in the third round of the League Cup with a makeshift back four and without instant hero Lee Miller tonight.

Kevin Nolan up for yet another Championship battle

KEVIN Nolan knows exactly what it takes to lead a team out of the npower Championship at the first time of asking.

Jose Enrique leaves NUFC transfer plans in limbo

ALAN Pardew has admitted that want-away Jose Enrique’s desire to quit St James’ Park in search of Champions League football has left Newcastle United’s transfer plans in limbo.

Leon Best put up for sale by Newcastle United

LEON Best is the latest first-team star put up for sale by Newcastle United, who will take £4m for the Republic of Ireland striker.

Kevin Nolan departure sees NUFC launch double swoop

NEWCASTLE United will look to bounce back from the £4.5million sale of captain Kevin Nolan by launching a double swoop for Switzerland winger Tranquillo Barnetta and Saint-Etienne’s France midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Tim Krul keeps hopes of first team alive

TIM Krul has thrown down an early marker in the race to begin the coming Premier League season as Newcastle United’s first choice goalkeeper.

Danny Simpson - moving up to Newcastle saved my career

DANNY Simpson had the swagger, the talk and the attitude. He had the ego, the fast car, the bling, the girls and the celebrity friends.

Gary Speed admits he should have stayed at Newcastle

GARY Speed went on to enjoy four successful years at Bolton Wanderers, but he still wishes he had not left Newcastle United when he did.

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0

BETTER, so much better. Chins up, chests puffed out, resolute, strong, tough and determined.

No hard feelings between Barton and Pedersen

JOEY Barton is adamant there will no lingering animosity between him Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen when Newcastle land at Ewood Park today.

Steve Bruce reflects on sack race luck

THE Premier League's latest sacking may have left Steve Bruce "bewildered" but at least it served as another reminder of how lucky Sunderland's manager is.

Winning style suits Newcastle boss Pardew

ALAN Pardew knows Newcastle United fans expect their side to play with style, but the new manager will not be afraid to win ugly when needed.

Pardew stays true to Newcastle United way

ALAN Pardew has promised to stay true to Newcastle United’s football principles as he attempts to stamp his authority on his new club.

Danny Simpson still grateful for Hughton's gamble

DANNY Simpson has paid tribute to former boss Chris Hughton for “saving his career” – as he predicts a possible charge for Europe under new boss Alan Pardew.

Chris Hughton praises returning Alan Smith

ALAN Smith will return to Newcastle United’s midfield against Bolton Wanderers today with a special thank you from manager Chris Hughton.

Rising star Jordan learns how to Bridge the gap

When Jordan Henderson first visited Chelsea, it was as a fish out of water.

Danny Simpson excited over England call up

DANNY Simpson admits he has found it difficult not to get excited about the possibility of an England call up for next week’s friendly against France.

Big Sam Allardyce has the final say

NEWCASTLE United came back down to earth with a bump as Jason Roberts’ late strike brought their fantastic run of wins to a screeching halt.

Magpies lacking in guile

CHRIS Hughton accused his Newcastle side of lacking guile after they came back down to earth with a bump against a dogged Blackburn.

Jose Enrique grateful to Sam Allardyce

JOSE Enrique will always be grateful to Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce – as it was his decision to take a risk on the raw young Spaniard and bring him to Newcastle United.

Magpies have silenced doubters

IF there is one thing which has made Newcastle United’s progress this season so pleasing it is the fact nobody predicted it.

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