Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas is The Journal's chief sports writer. He covers a wide range of sports and has been with us since 2008.

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Siem de Jong of Newcastle United

Mark Douglas: Newcastle United were good, but Siem De Jong remains the final piece of the jigsaw

Newcastle United's midfield showed why they should feel more confident this season but Siem De Jong can give them a different dimension

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland in action

Jack Rodwell says joining Sunderland is not a gamble - and he's not injury-prone

Jack Rodwell insists he was only injured for three weeks last season, and can play regularly for Sunderland

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United celebrates scoring for Newcastle United against Schalke

Newcastle United youngster Roland Aarons wanted by Championship clubs - and Jamaica

The breakout star of Newcastle United's pre-season is being tracked by second tier clubs but Magpies want him to stay until second half of the season

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet backs Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher partnership

Gus Poyet believes that Sunderland can hit the goal trial with Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher

Lord Sebastian Coe

Lord Sebastian Coe backs Newcastle and North East bid for Commonwealth Games

The mastermind behind London's successful Olympics believes that Newcastle would be a credible Commonwealth Games candidate

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Mark Douglas: Newcastle United are an unknown quantity ahead of the new season

Newcastle United have a better squad than last season but for Alan Pardew to talk about the Champions League seems optimistic

Dave Forrester

Newcastle Eagles hoping to have more signings on board by the end of the week

Dave Forrester admits Newcastle Eagles have gone smaller for their point guard than they normally would

Alexandre Lacazette of Olympique Lyonnais

Newcastle United ready to test Lyon's resolve for Alexandre Lacazette

United's striker chase could return to the France striker - who wants to join Newcastle if a deal can be brokered

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much

Sunderland's Ignacio Scocco

Ignacio Scocco given green light to leave Sunderland

Ignacio Scocco is set to leave Wearside to rejoin Newell's Old Boys after a troubled spell at Sunderland

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