Joe Kinnear appointment poses the question 'where now for NUFC?'

JOE Kinnear’s explosive re-introduction at Newcastle United has left a trail of destruction that leaves huge question marks hanging over the club’s direction

Multimedia message exhibition is heaven sent

The Angel of the North has been receiving letters and you can read them too

Ignite100 scheme looking for ambitious North East start-ups

THE hunt is on for ambitious start-ups that stand to secure £100,000 towards their business.

Go North East 'a leader in social media'

REGIONAL bus giant Go North East has become the only local company to be ranked in the top 50 of travel social brands – beating international big hitters including British Airways.

COLUMN: Sarah Pittendrigh - Loan help for over-30s is welcome

THIS week a Government-backed loan scheme to help young entrepreneurs was extended to the over-30s, which is great news for the vast majority since the average age for starting a business is around 40.

WIN: A meal for two at Electric East

ELECTRIC East is offering on Culture Club member the chance to win a meal for two, to the value of £50, and a bottle of wine.

Sunderland will listen to offers for Stephane Sessegnon

STÉPHANE Sessègnon could be a surprise victim of the wide-ranging Paolo Di Canio revolution at Sunderland.

Sunderland open contract talks with Simon Mignolet

SUNDERLAND have opened contract talks with star man Simon Mignolet ahead of a summer in which Arsenal and Liverpool are expected to be in the hunt for new goalkeepers, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Newcastle United must end blame game and get the win

ASKED what he had learned about himself and his team in the aftermath of a trying week, Alan Pardew told the BBC on Saturday he had learned that two of the press men in the North East had “let him down”.

Simon Mignolet - Sunderland can deal with pressure

SIMON Mignolet has warned the Premier League’s endangered clubs the final weeks of the survival fight will be a psychological battle – and Sunderland have already proved they can cope.

Alan Pardew is counting on Hatem Ben Arfa

ALAN Pardew has pinpointed Hatem Ben Arfa as Newcastle United's potential relegation saviour - even if he feels the forward is still two months from hitting peak fitness.

No stone left unturned as Alan Pardew looks to end slump

LOCKED in a five-way battle to avoid a one-way trip into black- and- white infamy, these are understandably anxious days for Alan Pardew.

Assassination by 140 characters: Pardew on Twitter critics

ALAN Pardew informs Neil Cameron he is ‘big enough and bold enough’ to deal with the vitriol emanating from his Twitter critics.

Ryan Taylor to follow in Alan Shearer footsteps

RYAN TAYLOR could be sent to the man who saved Alan Shearer’s career in a bid to ensure he plays again for Newcastle United.

The gamble of switching managers is not always the answer

TWENTY-THREE miles separate the Stadium of Light and Victoria Park but the emotions this week have been a world apart.

Martin O'Neill parts company with Sunderland

SUNDERLAND AFC manager Martin O’Neill has been sacked following the club’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester United today.

Carlisle United 2 Shrewsbury Town 2

TWO second-half mistakes from Mark Gillespie inched Carlisle United closer to the League One relegation zone yesterday, but they will not cost the goalkeeper his place in Monday’s team.

James McClean back in favour in Dublin

SUNDERLAND winger James McClean has been forgiven his most recent transgression by his country and will start for the Republic of Ireland against Sweden in this evening’s World Cup qualifier.

Alan Pardew is angered by events at DW Stadium

FURIOUS Alan Pardew was left counting the cost of “bad decisions” and an “awful challenge” as Newcastle United suffered more serious injuries and a blow in their mission to preserve Premier League status.

Recipe: Gnocchi with bacon, blue cheese, spring onions & spinach

Jane Lovett brings you a super supper that's quick and easy to serve up

Lee Cattermole hopes to avoid knee operation

SUNDERLAND will make one last attempt to spare Lee Cattermole from surgery.

Recipe: Double Doddington Cheese and spring onion muffins

Cordon Bleu-trained Jane Lovett brings you a wonderful recipe using local cheese from Doddington Dairy in Wooler

Recipe: Butternut squash and mascarpone soup

Butternut squash makes a satisfying, filling and warming soup with a deep orange colour as Jane Lovett explains

Cyber return of James McClean is not going down a tweet

THE Twittersphere had better watch out. Sunderland’s cyber warrior is back, under instructions to mind his language.

Martin O'Neill confident of signing another striker - VIDEO

MARTIN O’Neill is hopeful of signing at least one new Sunderland striker this week, but will be “worried” if he cannot.

Five steps to save Newcastle United

TYNESIDE awoke to a blizzard on Monday. It was not just the ominous storm that carpeted Tyneside in snow, though.

Newcastle United rocked by late blow on Loic Remy transfer

NEWCASTLE United were dealt a major setback in the transfer market last night as QPR staged an 11th-hour hijack of their move for France striker Loïc Rémy.

Now is not the right time for Fabricio Coloccini to walk away

THESE days, they are used to heartbreak at the cathedral on the hill.

Sunderland have bid for Kader Mangane rejected

SUNDERLAND have had a bid turned down for Kader Mangane, but Al-Hilal expect the giant central defender to join the Black Cats this month.

Alan Pardew backs transfer tactics as deal delayed

ALAN Pardew is adamant that Newcastle United are being as “aggressive” as any of their Premier League rivals in the transfer window – and says deals for their preferred targets won’t be torpedoed on price or wage grounds.

Hatem Ben Arfa out of action until 2013

NEWCASTLE United have been dealt a massive blow after discovering Hatem Ben Arfa will sit out the entire Christmas fixture card.

Pardew: We want wins and we are working hard

SECURITY lies in league wins, not in a lengthy contract. Alan Pardew answers criticism of his eight-year Newcastle deal in an interview with Neil Cameron.

Sammy Ameobi is having to grow up so fast

SAMMY Ameobi is a towering talent – on that there is a broad consensus.

Gillot wary of backlash after blizzard delays Newcastle United

WE’VE had injuries, suspension and bad fortune – now even the elements seem to be conspiring against Newcastle United.

Davide Santon said sorry - now NUFC aim to play their way out of slump

IT IS the image that sums up Newcastle United’s midwinter of discontent.

Have I got the fight for the job? I do, absolutely - Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill was at pains to point out he is going nowhere but then, maybe that’s part of the problem for the Sunderland manager at the moment.

North East managers can do without all this criticism

IT is more than just the weather which has taken a turn for the worse in the North East recently.

Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 4 - Neil Cameron's match analysis

TWITTER is of course where we get all our news today.

Davide Santon supports campaign to kick racism out of football

Davide Santon has seen players reduced to tears by racism. No wonder, writes Stuart Rayner, he is so keen to nip it in the bud

SAFC skipper Lee Cattermole could face Fulham

LEE Cattermole has received a fitness boost as a scan on his injured knee ruled out ligament damage and paved the way for his first-team return – possibly as early as against Fulham this weekend.

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