Colin Cooper with Craig Hignett

Cooper looking for more signs of Pools progress

Colin Cooper has challenged his Hartlepool United side to complete successive home wins for the first time since February.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew hands Joe Kinnear summer hit-list

DEFIANT Alan Pardew presented Joe Kinnear with a hit-list of players who he wants to add to Newcastle United’s squad at their first meeting this week.

Derek Llambias, Newcastle United's Managing Director

What will be Derek Llambias' legacy at Newcastle United?

THE irony is that Derek Llambias leaves Newcastle United at precisely the moment when he was needed the most.

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear has final say on transfers at Newcastle United

MIKE Ashley has shaken Newcastle United’s foundations to the core by bringing Joe Kinnear back to the club as new Director of Football, with the former Wimbledon boss claiming he will now have “final say” on transfers.

Joe Kinnear return sees Mike Ashley reasserting his control

JOE Kinnear's shock return to Newcastle United is a direct challenge to Alan Pardew’s authority.

Gavin Fell’s confident Spenny can lift Vase

HAVING been there and done that on three occasions, Gavin Fell is hopeful Spennymoor Town can follow in the footsteps of Whitley Bay and Dunston UTS and win the FA Vase, writes STEVE BROWN.

teaser Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio is asked to rescue Sunderland

ELLIS Short last night took the biggest gamble of his four years as Sunderland chairman by appointing Paolo di Canio as the club’s new head coach.

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

Liverpool link to Simon Mignolet highlights importance of new contract

THE importance of securing Simon Mignolet to a new contract has been further highlighted after Liverpool were the latest club linked to the Sunderland goalkeeper.

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GATESHEAD are hoping the International Stadium pitch will be playable for tomorrow night’s game with second-top Grimsby Town.

Sebastian Larsson

Sebastian Larsson is now centre of attention

SEBASTIAN Larsson insists he is revelling in his new “vital” central midfield role.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew's new contract prompts fans to look at bigger picture

SO Alan Pardew and his small band of trusted lieutenants are in it for the long haul.

Steven Notman of Berwick Rangers competes with Lewis McLeod of Rangers

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FOR years Berwick Rangers have been patronisingly compared to the Glasgow team which calls itself The Rangers.

Carlisle United boss warns of Stevenage's threat

GREG Abbott has warned his Carlisle United side will have to hit the ground running as they prepare to get their League One campaign under way at Stevenage this afternoon.

Ian Bogie lays down play-offs gauntlet to Gateshead FC

IAN Bogie has challenged his Gateshead side to target the play-offs in the coming Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.

Papiss Cisse

Papiss Cisse has Olympic call-up blocked

NEWCASTLE United have blocked Papiss Cisse’s Olympics call-up in a bid to have the Senegal striker fit and firing for the start of their European campaign.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Six weeks key to next six months for NUFC

BY Christmas, we will know whether Newcastle United’s breakthrough season was laying the foundations for something more lasting or simply a case of the club banging its head against the glass ceiling.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray

Boro season to start with League Cup tie against Bury

MIDDLESBROUGH’S season will kick off early with a Saturday three o’clock League Cup tie.

Craig Gardner

Top eight is a great target for Craig Gardner

CRAIG Gardner is targeting the top-eight finish which will turn this into a "great" season for Sunderland.

Ellis Short, owner of Sunderland AFC

Ellis Short wants more respect for Sunderland

ELLIS Short wants Sunderland to establish themselves in the Premier League comfort zone and earn some respect from their peers.

teaser: Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison move has to wait until the summer

NEWCASTLE United have mothballed their interest in Manchester United wonder kid Ravel Morrison – until the summer at least.

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