Moussa Sissoko takes on one of his inspirations today in the shape of fellow formidable midfield unit Yaya Toure.
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.
DEREK Llambias says that Newcastle United are deadly serious about Europa League glory.
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.
WHATEVER happened to Martin O’Neill? You remember him, don’t you?
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.
UNPREDICTABILITY is Newcastle United’s biggest enemy as they head to the DW Stadium this weekend.
SUCCESS can be bought in football. Anzhi Makhachkala are the latest club out to prove that theory right.
THE narrative of this Newcastle United season has often been difficult to pin down.
IT is Newcastle United’s great misfortune that Anzhi Makhachkala’s famous head coach is something of a Greedy Gus.
LOOKING to his right on the stage at St James’ Park, Alan Pardew commended Davide Santon on his mastery of the English language.
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.
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 spent yesterday teaching schoolchildren about the history of Newcastle United.
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 has promised there will be no let-up in the last few months of his Newcastle United career.
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.
Simon Mignolet’s form is getting him noticed but, as he tells Neil Cameron, he is taking it all in his stride.
MILLWALL Football Club are rarely associated with the nicer aspects of football.
EUROPA LEAGUE football is easy to talk down, but Yohan Cabaye is as committed a fan as most people in Uefa.
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.
CELTIC manager Neil Lennon expects Sunderland to make a bid this summer for his key central defender Efe Ambrose.
THURSDAY was the night Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa finally became a proper Newcastle United player.
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.
TECHNICALLY it is England v Ukraine at St James’ Park tonight, but it will more like France v South America, old v new.
DEREK Llambias is rightly proud of the financial framework laid down over the last three of his five turbulent years on Tyneside.
NEWCASTLE United are ready to step up their efforts in Holland to recruit the next Moussa Sissoko.
FABRICIO Coloccini has warned his domestic problems have been put on the backburner, rather than been solved.
JANUARY 31 is a date forever etched in Alan Pardew’s memory.
EVERY January transfer window throws up at least one genuinely surprising deal.
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 is the ‘Rolls Royce’ midfielder who can accelerate Newcastle United’s escape from the Premier League relegation fight.
ALAN PARDEW rejects suggestions that Newcastle United's French revolution has gone a step too far with a flurry of cross-Channel arrivals.
When it comes to the FA Cup, Sunderland are in it for the long haul .
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.
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.
FIRST impressions of Mathieu Debuchy are very good. Chief sports writer Mark Douglas reports.
A NEWCASTLE United delegation headed by Derek Llambias is in France attempting to strike deals for a defender and a striker.
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.
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.