Romain Amalfitano wooed by NUFC fans' French affair

ROMAIN Amalfitano says that the love of the Newcastle United fans for their French connection convinced him to turn down Champions League football to make his Tyneside switch.

Magpies and the dentist give Pardew a huge grin

As the dust settles on 2011-12, chief sports writer Mark Douglas talks to manager of the year Alan Pardew about an incredible journey.

£3.5m price tag on Newcastle target Mark Davies

BOLTON Wanderers have put a £3.5m price tag on Newcastle United target Mark Davies.

Reasons to celebrate 20th Premier League campaign

The 20th, and perhaps most exciting, Premier League season finished on Sunday.

Martin O'Neill is 'delighted' with his Sunderland side

SUNDERLAND'S season ended in a whimper on a remarkable last day of the season, but Martin O’Neill declared himself "delighted" with it.

Martin O'Neill hoping North-South divide debate is over

WHEN you don’t know your tweets from your twitterers, which isn’t even a word, then social media is probably not for you.

Fabricio Coloccini is showing his steel

NOBODY in the Newcastle United squad represents the club’s successful marriage of silk and steel better than skipper Fabricio Coloccini.

James McClean's Irish eyes on Euro start

JAMES McClean has thanked Martin O’Neill for helping to make his dream come true, but will not be happy to just make up the numbers at the European Championships.

Martin O'Neill: Return of Asamoah Gyan is very slim

MARTIN O’Neill will be on the look-out for goalscorers this summer, but the chances of him taking back the club’s record signing are pretty slim.

Cabaye says fans may regret it if France select Ben Arfa

YOHAN Cabaye believes England supporters may regret Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew's recommendation that Hatem Ben Arfa should go to this summer's European Championships.

Tim Krul: The good old days are back at Newcastle

NEWCASTLE United’s push for a Champions League place is proof that the “good times are back” at St James’ Park, according to influential goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Alan Pardew jumps to James Perch's defence

JAMES Perch finally believes he belongs in a black and white shirt, according to Alan Pardew.

James Perch exclusive interview

James Perch can’t believe anyone can accuse him of diving, as he tells Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas in an exclusive interview.

Tribute to Newcastle United's unsung heroes

NEWCASTLE'S season has been a triumph for grafters over the glamourpusses.

Twitter remains a positive force in football

AT first glance it appears as if professional football’s whirlwind romance with Twitter has hit the rocks.

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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.

Ryan Taylor reflects on winner against Sunderland

Barely a day goes by without Ryan Taylor being asked about his August winner against Sunderland.

James McClean called up by Republic of Ireland

ON the day one Republic of Ireland international left Sunderland, another Black Cats player joined their ranks.

Aly Cissokho transfer claim is not true

ALY Cissokho’s claim that Newcastle United are in talks to buy him are untrue, according to sources at St James’ Park.

Danny Simpson on his ups and downs at NUFC

AFTER helping Newcastle United to a famous victory over his hometown club, Danny Simpson’s phone was in danger of meltdown.

Maybe Kenny Dalglish should count his blessings

Kenny Dalglish has not exactly been full of festive cheer recently.

Review of 2011 for North East football teams

ON February 1 2011 you would have been hard-pushed to find many North football fans expecting a particularly happy new year.

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WHEN the January sales get under way at the end of the week, the managers of Sunderland and Everton ought to be jostling at the front of the queue.

Alan Pardew insists there is no Hatem Ben Arfa bust-up

ALAN Pardew is adamant he retains every faith in Newcastle United’s mercurial talent Hatem Ben Arfa – as he dismissed suggestions of a fall-out between the St James’ Park management and the France forward.

O'Neill is missing his old pal John Robertson

ONE notable absentee from Martin O’Neill’s bench during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Blackburn was his former Nottingham Forest team-mate John Robertson.

Sammy Ameobi not about to get carried away

HE spends his spare time buried in a book, and regardless of what happens at St James’ Park today will be in church in Fenham at 10.30am tomorrow.

Joey Barton calls a truce with Newcastle United

JOEY Barton has called a truce in his war of words with Newcastle United.

Cheick Tiote to miss out on Chelsea match

CHEICK Tioté will miss tomorrow’s visit of Chelsea but, despite his return being put back on a near-weekly basis, manager Alan Pardew is confident the midfielder does not need knee surgery.

Joey Barton claims NUFC made decision to dump him while in prison

THANKS in no small part to him, it is the dispute which refuses to be silenced.

Police probing race rant at Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell

A RACIST attack on Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell was last night being investigated by police after he was targeted online.

Connor Wickham injury booster for Steve Bruce

CONNOR Wickham’s knee is not as badly injured as first thought, scans have revealed.

Consistency is the key for Carlisle United

HAVING experienced the highs and lows of League One in half a week, right-back James Tavernier is hoping Carlisle United find a bit of consistency.

Interview: Cake-maker Kate Emmett of Jesmond

Formerly in investment banking, Kate Emmett now makes a living from baking cakes – and her sweet creations are selling like the proverbial hot cakes.

Mike Ashley now silencing his critics by putting NUFC on even keel

With Newcastle United fourth in the Premier League and expecting to break even, Stuart Rayner asks if Alan Pardew is right to ask for “a bit more respect” for Mike Ashley

Alan Pardew is thankful for no distractions

ALAN Pardew is relishing the fact his revamped Newcastle United have turned the black-and-white agenda back to football after ten months spent fighting off-the-field fires.

Joey Barton a distant memory as bright new side emerges

BREAKING up is hard to do, as Newcastle United fans will testify.

Joey Barton contract snub the catalyst for exit

ALAN Pardew has admitted that Joey Barton’s Newcastle fate was sealed long before the fateful Elland Road Twitter missives that brought simmering tensions between him and the United board to a head.

Steed Malbranque quits after bizarre week

STEED Malbranque has quit new club St Etienne after weeks of wild rumours about the former Sunderland midfielder.

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 signs for Queens Park Rangers

NEWCASTLE United midfielder Joey Barton has left Newcastle United to join Queens Park Rangers.

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