Alan Pardew preparing to replace Joey Barton

JOEY Barton is on the brink of leaving Newcastle United after QPR made him a "massive offer" to end his tempestuous St James' Park career.

Asamoah Gyan: If you score you are a legend

Even on a day of passion and aggression, Asamoah Gyan will judge success in the Wear-Tyne derby by the number of smiles in the Stadium of Light stands, writes Stuart Rayner.

Joey Barton knows he's a marked man for derby

JOEY Barton knows he’s a marked man going into tomorrow’s Wear-Tyne tussle.

Joey Barton facing action from FA over Twitter

THE Football Association will try to do what Newcastle United have been unable to – and stop Joey Barton’s Twitter outbursts.

NUFC boss Alan Pardew backs Joey Barton

ALAN Pardew has backed Joey Barton to keep answering his critics with performances – and he is “confident” that he’ll be doing it in black and white for the rest of the season.

Newcastle United to unveil new boy Gabriel Obertan

GABRIEL Obertan will this morning be unveiled as Newcastle United’s fifth signing of the summer.

Wigan are interested in Joey Barton

JOEY BARTON was the subject of firm interest from Wigan Athletic last night.

New feeling of optimism at the Stadium of Light

STEVE Bruce is a "relaxed man" entering his third season in charge of Sunderland.

Cooling off period begins at St James’ Park

THE Joey Barton saga took another incredible twist yesterday as a conciliatory Alan Pardew hinted that the midfielder could yet remain at Newcastle United – as the club banned players from using Twitter to comment on football matters.

Difficult spell for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew hopes that brokering an uneasy truce with Joey Barton will finally turn the tide of Newcastle United’s summer of discontent.

Magpies in talks with Tranquillo Barnetta

NEWCASTLE United have opened negotiations with Tranquillo Barnetta as they look to move on swiftly from the Joey Barton Twitter controversy.

Jose Enrique may join Joey Barton out the door

JOEY Barton was hit with a fine and made to train on his own yesterday, but the midfielder might not be the next senior player out of St James' Park, with Liverpool thought to have revived their interest in José Enrique.

Tranquillo Barnetta lined up to replace Joey Barton

NEWCASTLE United will look to recruit Switzerland winger Tranquillo Barnetta to replace Joey Barton, who they sensationally made available on a free transfer after one too many run-ins with the St James' Park board.

Newcastle's United's summer of discontent gets worse

JOEY Barton was the master of his own downfall at St James' Park, but his imminent departure leaves Newcastle United in trouble ahead of the new season.

Joey Barton made available on free transfer

Joey Barton has been made available on a free transfer, Newcastle United have confirmed on their official website.

Joey Barton's blast for Magpies' bosses

JOEY Barton last night delivered a stinging Twitter attack on the Newcastle United management after the team endured a disappointing pre-season friendly defeat at Leeds United.

Jose Enrique fined for Twitter outburst

JOSE ENRIQUE has been hit by a fine in the region of £100,000 and blasted by Toon owner Mike Ashley following his Twitter outburst.

Alan Pardew still aiming for big signings

ALAN Pardew is determined to avoid a dose of déjà vu in the transfer window this summer – but the Newcastle United manager is still confident of signing “one or maybe two big players”.

Captain's armband goes to Fabricio Coloccini

NEWCASTLE United have ushered in a new era by appointing Fabricio Coloccini as the new club captain.

Alan Pardew fears his side will break up

ALAN Pardew has admitted his new-look Newcastle United side could break up in 12 months without definite signs of progress next season.

NUFC back to work, but still no Jose Enrique conclusion

NEWCASTLE United return from their summer break this morning with the future of José Enríque no nearer to being resolved than when they last saw the Spaniard.

Newcastle United will listen to Jonas Gutierrez offers

NEWCASTLE United will listen to offers for Jonás Gutiérrez as the radical revamp of their squad continues.

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.

Joey Barton hits out as his Kevin Nolan heads for the door

JOEY Barton has taken a swipe at the Newcastle United board as he prepares to lose “friend for life” Kevin Nolan – and reaffirmed his desire to stay at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United stage last-ditch bid to keep Jose Enrique

NEWCASTLE United have knocked back the chance to sign Senegal international left-back Boukary Dramé as they stage a last-ditch bid to keep hold of star defender José Enríque.

Transfer bargains great for NUFC, but team spirit is at risk

JOEY Barton’s one-man welcoming committee was as uncompromising as any of his on-field exploits this season.

SAFC deny illegally approaching Demba Ba

SUNDERLAND have reacted angrily to West Ham United’s claims that they illegally approached Demba Ba.

Boro ace Thomson looking for an extra push

MIDDLESBROUGH play-maker Kevin Thomson will swap the beach for the gym bike this summer in a bid to put an injury-ravaged season behind him.

Scottish League Third Division

DESPITE hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons this week, Berwick Rangers prepared for today’s home clash against Clyde by clinching the East of Scotland City Cup for the fourth successive season.

Go and follow Murphy's law, says Greg Abbott

AT the end of a week which saw a Carlisle United player walk out because he was not getting a game, Greg Abbott has pointed his other frustrated fringe men in the direction of Peter Murphy.

Pool boss Mick asks side to go to Town

HARTLEPOOL United boss Mick Wadsworth has challenged his side to kick-start their run-in with a strong performance away at struggling Swindon Town this afternoon.

Shola Ameobi could be out for months

SHOLA Ameobi could be missing for months not just weeks with the fractured cheekbone he suffered in the dismal 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

Pardew admits Newcastle need new signings

ALAN Pardew admitted Newcastle United’s second-half surrender to ten-man Spurs hammered home the need for quality reinforcements when the January transfer window swings open this weekend.

Mike Ashley could be facing winter of fans' discontent

THE shock decision to sack Chris Hughton is in danger of reawakening an angry mood of discontent.

Chris Hughton assures only he picks team

CHRIS Hughton has vehemently denied spiteful rumours he is at the mercy of his senior players when it comes to player selection following a spate of internet-led claims he is often persuaded to change his mind in team meetings.

Chairman Niall Quinn issues apology

A WOUNDED Sunderland have promised to repay their hurting fans, with chairman Niall Quinn and striker Darren Bent both issuing unequivocal apologies in the aftermath of their 5-1 derby demolition.

Mystery of Darren Bent's England injuries

SUNDERLAND will contact the Football Association to ask why Darren Bent keeps missing England matches through injury despite being an ever-present at club level.

Woe for Darren Bent, but Bardsley set for debut

DARREN Bent was “devastated” after missing the chance to stake his claim as Wayne Rooney’s England strike partner, but Sunderland club-mate Phil Bardsley is expected to complete a meteoric rise to the full international ranks tonight.

Darren Bent fails to make World Cup squad

DARREN Bent has thanked Sunderland supporters for their backing in his bid to make the World Cup finals – and vowed to redouble his efforts for the Black Cats next season to put the disappointment behind him.


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