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Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United

Neil Cameron: Hatem Ben Arfa has played only a minor role in the highs and lows of this season

Neil Cameron believes Newcastle United's season won't be defined by the Hatem Ben Arfa blame game

Chris Rushworth: Northampton reminded us how tough Division One will be

David Willey of Northamptonshire
Four really hard days in the Northamptonshire sun just showed how hard life in Division One of the County Championship will be this season

Roger Uttley: Newcastle Falcons need to be accountable to fans

Will Welch of Newcastle Falcons is tackled by Nic Rouse of London Irish
Former England captain says Newcastle Falcons owe their supporters maximum effort when Premiership leaders Saracens visit

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Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United

Neil Cameron: Hatem Ben Arfa has played only a minor role in the highs and lows of this season

Neil Cameron believes Newcastle United's season won't be defined by the Hatem Ben Arfa blame game

David Willey of Northamptonshire

Chris Rushworth: Northampton reminded us how tough Division One will be

Four really hard days in the Northamptonshire sun just showed how hard life in Division One of the County Championship will be this season

Will Welch of Newcastle Falcons is tackled by Nic Rouse of London Irish

Roger Uttley: Newcastle Falcons need to be accountable to fans

Former England captain says Newcastle Falcons owe their supporters maximum effort when Premiership leaders Saracens visit

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Don Hutchison: No point rushing a decision on Alan Pardew now

I can't see Alan Pardew being manager of Newcastle United next season, but they would be well advised not to sack him yet

Gus Poyet

Don Hutchison: Sorry Gus, but Sunderland's only problem is that you can't motivate them

Gustavo Poyet copied Alan Pardew's tactics at the weekend and trying his best to deflect the blame, but should have got more out of his squad

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Mark Douglas: Pardew's blame game is just a deflection tactic - concentrate on whether he is the right man for the job

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has questions to answer and no amount of deflecting gets him away from that

Mike Ashley

Mark Douglas: Unanswered North East football questions need to be addressed

Ellis Short and Mike Ashley made catastrophic errors this season, so why should we have faith in them now ponders Mark Douglas

Chris Rushworth of Durham CCC

Chris Rushworth: A big season for me - and I can't wait to get going

After the loss of some key players this winter, the rest of us at Durham are going to have to step up a level in 2014 says Chris Rushworth

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

The Agenda: Why have Newcastle United stopped talking about Alan Pardew?

A lengthy statement from new MD Lee Charnley only mentioned Alan Pardew three times, which seems bizarre given his importance

Alan Pardew, manager of Newcastle United

Don Hutchison: Alan Pardew is a dead man walking at Newcastle United

Newcastle need to complete re-assess their strategy - but has anyone got the bravery to stand up to their owner?

Sione Kalafamoni of Gloucester tackles Paul O'Connell of Munster

Roger Uttley: Thrilling weekend to feast on as Euro giants lock horns

Former England captain Roger Uttley picks his way through a mouth-watering weekend of rugby union action

Durham bowler Chris Rushworth in action

Chris Rushworth: After a surreal winter, a new season brings fresh excitement

It's just nine days until Durham begin the defence of our County Championship and you can feel the excitement in our dressing room

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes

Mark Douglas: NUFC Academy could learn a lot from Durham

Durham CCC prove that background doesn't matter and that Newcastle's Academy coaches could learn a thing or two from them

Fabricio Coloccini

The Agenda: Is it time for a leadership coup at Newcastle United?

It sounds unthinkable but is it time to dethrone Fabricio Coloccini and give the captaincy to Cheick Tiote?

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini (R) and Luuk de Jong look dejected after Newcastle United's loss to Southampton at St Mary's Stadium

Don Hutchison: How many players really want to be stay at Newcastle United?

The message from the top of the club has filtered into the dressing room, and Newcastle United are in disarray

Goalkeeper Adrian of West Ham dives in vain as Adam Johnson of Sunderland scores

The Agenda: The fear factor that is hampering Sunderland's survival hopes

Fear can manifest itself in many ways. In Sunderland’s case it is making Gustavo Poyet’s side over-optimistic in front of goal, argues Stuart Rayner

Gus Poyet, manager of Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Gus Poyet's tinkerman routine needs to stop now

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has veered off course of late, and that's no good reckons Chief Sports writer Mark Douglas

Chris York of Newcastle Falcons rises to claim the line out during the match between Gloucester and Newcastle Falcons

Roger Uttley: Newcastle Falcons are in the driving seat

Former England captain says Newcastle Falcons are in position to control Sunday's relegation crunch tie with Worcester.

England international rugby player Geoff Parling visits his old club Stockton, and coaches the U13's

Scrum Down: Geoff Parling remains grounded with Stockton RFC

England and Lions star back to his roots to extol the virtues of volunteering.

Chris Hughton the Norwich manager and Gustavo Poyet the Sunderland manager

Don Hutchison: Relegation will haunt you forever - Sunderland don't want that

I'm really worried about Sunderland, Gus Poyet is making mistakes and they're at serious risk of being relegated from the Premier League

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