Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner is a sports writer covering a range of North East sports. Before joining us in February 2005, he worked for the Liverpool Echo.

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Sunderland's Connor Wickham scores his sides third goal against Birmingham City

Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Sunderland AFC reach the third round of the Capital One Cup with late burst of goals to continue their love affair with the trophy

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland celebrates scoring his goal against Manchester United

Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

It shows how the standing of Sunderland and Manchester United has changed that the Black Cats could feel disappointed with a 1-1 draw

Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood signs new Durham CCC contract, Scott Borthwick and John Hastings could follow

Paul Collingwood has put his retirement on ice, and Durham hope two more key players will rejoin him in 2015

Gus Poyet

Salomon Kalou is Sunderland's next target, but Poyet pleased with winger he's already bought

Sunderland will try to push through a £4m move for Salomon Kalou this week, but fellow winger Will Buckley has already made an impression

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet excited to do tactical battle with Manchester United's Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has a hard-earned reputation as a tactical maverick which has Sunderland's Gustavo Poyet excited about taking him on tomorrow

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland in action

Managing £10m Jack Rodwell is a Gustavo Poyet priority

Sunderland coach Gustavo Poyet has admitted he will have to tread carefully as he reintroduces Jack Rodwell to regular Premier League football

Fab Flournoy of Newcastle Eagles

First chance for Newcastle Eagles fans to watch Fab Flournoy's new signings

Newcastle Eagles new boys Ricky Taylor and Rahmon Fletcher will make their debuts against Team USA Select on September 6

Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC

Gus Poyet tells targets: Come to Sunderland for the football, not the weather!

Coach Gustavo Poyet says that while Sunderland cannot match London's lifestyle, its passion for football is "unique"

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet tells targets: Come to Sunderland for the football, not the weather!

Coach Gustavo Poyet says that while Sunderland cannot match London's lifestyle, its passion for football is "unique"

John Hastings

John Hastings to miss Durham's relegation run-in after Chennai Super Kings call-up

Durham bowler John Hastings will miss the last two County Championship games of the season after being called up for the Champions League T20

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