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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Jack Colback of Sunderland in action

Sunderland face a fight to retain Jack Colback and Seb Larsson

Sunderland release nine players but face competition from West Ham to keep out-of-contract players Jack Colback and Seb Larsson

Shola Ameobi

Mali striker offered as Shola Ameobi departs Newcastle United

Shola Ameobi heads a list of nine players who leave Newcastle as they continue work in France on possible recruits

Goalkeeper Frederick Woodman of England

The Agenda: Cups and Academy kids should never be an after thought

Pop Robson believes that foreign players only see the North East as a potential platform for Manchester and London moves

Sam Allardyce, manager of West Ham United

Mark Douglas: Why do clubs still get it so wrong on managerial appointments?

Sam Allardyce's problem is repeated all over the Premier League reckons chief sports writer Mark Douglas

Phil Bardsley of Sunderland

Long-serving Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley joins Stoke City

Stoke City snap up Long-serving Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley after his contract runs out

Yohan Cabaye of PSG in action

The Agenda: How to find a playmaker in a difficult market

Newcastle and Sunderland need to find a creative force but as Bryan 'Pop' Robson warns chief sports writer Mark Douglas, it's difficult

Former Newcastle Eagles forward Andy Thomson

Andy Thomson on Newcastle Eagles' radar again

Newcastle Eagles are looking to re-sign prolific forward Andy Thomson as his current deal with La Rochelle is due to end soon

Sunderland's Jack Colback

Jack Colback set to make Sunderland wait over his future on Wearside

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback postpones decision - as he's warned on potential Newcastle United switch

Albert Luque in action for Newcastle United at St James' Park on July 29, 2007

Albert Luque has word of warning for Newcastle United incomer Ayoze Perez

Spanish striker Ayoze Perez is set to join Newcastle United, but Albert Luque has told him he should have signed for Porto

Newcastle's Romain Amalfitano, in action against Gateshead

The Agenda: It's time to help potential become pedigree at Newcastle United

Tenerife starlet Ayoze Perez is one of Europe's hottest properties - but would he develop at Newcastle United? Mark Douglas reports

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