Moussa Sissoko ready to take on City's Yaya Toure

Moussa Sissoko takes on one of his inspirations today in the shape of fellow formidable midfield unit Yaya Toure.

Cheik Tioté is a doubt for the Tyne-Wear derby

CHEICK Tioté is almost certainly out of next week’s Europa League clash with Benfica and is also a major doubt for the Tyne-Wear derby after injuring his hamstring.

Newcastle United deadly serious about Europa triumph

DEREK Llambias says that Newcastle United are deadly serious about Europa League glory.

FA has handled tackle on Massadio Haidara badly, says Scudamore

PREMIER League chief executive Richard Scudamore last night insisted the FA got it wrong by not retrospectively charging Wigan’s Callum McManaman for his tackle on Massadio Haïdara.

What's happened to Martin O'Neill’s mojo?

WHATEVER happened to Martin O’Neill? You remember him, don’t you?

Benfica is a big draw for Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew will return to his favourite footballing country after a draw which handed Newcastle United fans the chance to back their team in their thousands.

Alan Pardew is determined side avoid a repeat performance

UNPREDICTABILITY is Newcastle United’s biggest enemy as they head to the DW Stadium this weekend.

Papiss Cisse is the United hero, Steven Taylor the inspiration

SUCCESS can be bought in football. Anzhi Makhachkala are the latest club out to prove that theory right.

Europa League glory is in our grasp - Alan Pardew

THE narrative of this Newcastle United season has often been difficult to pin down.

Guus greedy to add Euro League to an impressive collection of silverware

IT is Newcastle United’s great misfortune that Anzhi Makhachkala’s famous head coach is something of a Greedy Gus.

Confident Davide Santon talking up Newcastle United's chances

LOOKING to his right on the stage at St James’ Park, Alan Pardew commended Davide Santon on his mastery of the English language.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill not averse to the odd tipple

PERHAPS not to the extent of some of his boozier playing days under Brian Clough, but Martin O’Neill believes sensible drinking has a beneficial role in English football.

Peter Beardsley sent to Moscow as NUFC do homework

NEWCASTLE United’s preparations for tonight’s Europa League last-16 clash with Anzhi Makhachkala even extended to sending Peter Beardsley out a week early to scout the pitch!

Steven Taylor wanting his own piece of NUFC history

STEVEN Taylor spent yesterday teaching schoolchildren about the history of Newcastle United.

Jonas Gutierrez: Safety comes before glory

JONÀS Gutiérrez says that Premier League safety remains the priority for Newcastle United – even as they head to Russia for a crack at Europa League glory.

Danny Simpson: I'm still going at full pelt

DANNY Simpson has promised there will be no let-up in the last few months of his Newcastle United career.

Martin O'Neill: Simon Mignolet is like one of greats

MARTIN O’Neill has compared Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Pat Jennings and Peter Shilton – and insisted that his head won’t be turned by talk of top-four interest, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Modest hero Simon Mignolet keeps feet on the ground

Simon Mignolet’s form is getting him noticed but, as he tells Neil Cameron, he is taking it all in his stride.

Middlesbrough can expect bruising encounter with Millwall

MILLWALL Football Club are rarely associated with the nicer aspects of football.

Yohan Cabaye would love a Europa League medal

EUROPA LEAGUE football is easy to talk down, but Yohan Cabaye is as committed a fan as most people in Uefa.

Arsenal showing interest in keeper Simon Mignolet

FORMER Black Cat Steve Bould has been seeking testimonials on Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as Arsenal consider testing Martin O’Neill’s resolve to keep hold of the Belgium international this summer.

Martin O'Neill is ready to go for Efe Ambrose

CELTIC manager Neil Lennon expects Sunderland to make a bid this summer for his key central defender Efe Ambrose.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is finding his feet at NUFC

THURSDAY was the night Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa finally became a proper Newcastle United player.

Alan Pardew has a squad fit for Europa League football

EUROPA League football has been a major handicap to Newcastle United’s season but having belatedly acquired a squad equipped to cope, Alan Pardew will send his team back into the competition tonight with no excuses.

Homegrown stars a rarity as Metalist Kharkiv's foreign legion arrive

TECHNICALLY it is England v Ukraine at St James’ Park tonight, but it will more like France v South America, old v new.

Exclusive interview: Derek Llambias - NUFC Managing Director

DEREK Llambias is rightly proud of the financial framework laid down over the last three of his five turbulent years on Tyneside.

Newcastle United's scouts look to Holland to find next Sissoko

NEWCASTLE United are ready to step up their efforts in Holland to recruit the next Moussa Sissoko.

Fabricio Coloccini: I still need to leave Newcastle United

FABRICIO Coloccini has warned his domestic problems have been put on the backburner, rather than been solved.

Last-minute deals appear best avoided

JANUARY 31 is a date forever etched in Alan Pardew’s memory.

Big time the lure, not big money

EVERY January transfer window throws up at least one genuinely surprising deal.

Goals can be central to Alfred N'Diaye's game

ALFRED N’Diaye’s promise of goals from midfield might have excited one or two Sunderland supporters, but Martin O’Neill expects no less.

Moussa Sissoko eager to help NUFC out of relegation fight

MOUSSA Sissoko is the ‘Rolls Royce’ midfielder who can accelerate Newcastle United’s escape from the Premier League relegation fight.

Nationality is not important. Quality of recruits is

ALAN PARDEW rejects suggestions that Newcastle United's French revolution has gone a step too far with a flurry of cross-Channel arrivals.

Sunderland are in the FA Cup for the long haul

When it comes to the FA Cup, Sunderland are in it for the long haul .

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.

Loic Remy wanted by Germans as well as NUFC

NEWCASTLE United are the front-runners if Loïc Rémy opts to move to the Premier League this month, but they seem certain to face stiff competition from two Bundesliga clubs for the in-demand striker.

Debuchy's arrival concludes a long, patient courtship

FIRST impressions of Mathieu Debuchy are very good. Chief sports writer Mark Douglas reports.

Magpies' search for talent will continue in France

A NEWCASTLE United delegation headed by Derek Llambias is in France attempting to strike deals for a defender and a striker.

Cup ghosts serve as a warning to Mowbray's Boro

TONY Mowbray is too keen a student of FA Cup history not to worry about Hastings United pulling off what would be a massive shock today at the Riverside.

The ups and downs of a year in life of Martin O’Neill

SUNDERLAND have been consistently inconsistent this season but, through all the trails and tribulations, one thing has remained constant at the Stadium of Light: unity.

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