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Gus Poyet thinks Sunderland have gone back to basics after Foxes draw

The Northern Echo: UPBEAT: Liam Bridcutt feels Gus Poyet's positive nature was a key factor in enabling Sunderland to bounce back from last month's traumas

9:00am Sunday 23rd November 2014

GUS POYET thinks ‘getting back to basics’ has helped Sunderland get things back on track in the Premier League after keeping a first clean sheet since the St Mary’s drubbing last month.

Press conference update: Sunderland boss relieved at positive Fletcher news ahead of Congerton talks

The Northern Echo: FIT? Steven Fletcher, battling for the ball with Republic of Ireland's Darron Gibson on Friday, will not face England

2:51pm Thursday 20th November 2014

STEVEN FLETCHER is set to start for Sunderland at Leicester City on Saturday and manager Gus Poyet has expressed his relief that his leading scorer is not facing a further spell on the sidelines.

Ramside Hall enters new era with new pros and a new course

The Northern Echo: NEW-BOYS: Kieran Ayre and James Harper have been added to the golf team at Ramside Hall

7:03am Thursday 20th November 2014

RAMSIDE HALL Hotel and Golf Club has entered a new chapter by opening a championship course and it is believed the right spot has been hit after expanding their golf operations team too.

Golf shorts: Golf rooms offer something new, as Tour hopes fade for region's pros

The Northern Echo: On the tee: The golf simulator at the Golf Rooms in Newcastle

6:40am Thursday 20th November 2014

IF you have ever fancied playing one of the world’s top golf courses but never got round to it, an exciting virtual simulator in Newcastle allows you to do just that – and have a drink while you are there.

Sunderland boss weighs up transfer targets including Bruma

The Northern Echo: GET HIM: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is looking for the day when he can think big in the transfer market

6:56pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

GUS POYET is considering Sunderland’s options on the transfer front ahead of an important January when he is desperate to strengthen his squad further.

Boro boys desperate to play for England at the Riverside

The Northern Echo: Progressing: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson, fourth from the left on the top row, is on Under-21s duty

6:13pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

BEN GIBSON is dreaming of pulling on an England shirt at the Riverside next March.

Boro hoping Omeruo stays fit ahead of Nigeria return

The Northern Echo: CHALLENGING HARD: Kenneth Omeruo (number 22) challenges Edin Dzeko for a header during Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia on Saturday night

6:09pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

NIGERIA boss Stephen Keshi runs the risk of upsetting Middlesbrough if Kenneth Omeruo suffers a negative reaction to his groin problem during a must-win Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Wednesday night.

Tuesday Topic: Five of the most memorable Auld Enemy duels in Scotland

The Northern Echo:

6:09am Tuesday 18th November 2014

AHEAD of England's long-awaited return to Glasgow to face the Auld Enemy, Paul Fraser looks back on five of the best meetings with Scotland to be staged north of the border.

Ben Gibson adds to Boro's injury woes

The Northern Echo: Progressing: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson, fourth from the left on the top row, is on Under-21s duty

11:13pm Monday 17th November 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are ready to assess defender Ben Gibson after he hobbled off on England Under-21s duty tonight.

Boro boss thinks players are buying in to his philosophy

The Northern Echo: Belgian buy: Jelle Vossen scored in a training match at the Riverside and now he is looking to shine in the Championship. Picture: Doug Moody

10:04pm Monday 17th November 2014

AITOR KARANKA has paid tribute to the way his Middlesbrough players have learned to deal with his tinkering, even if it has meant being patient.

Fletcher turns sights to Foxes after helping Sunderland striker move on

The Northern Echo: FIT? Steven Fletcher, battling for the ball with Republic of Ireland's Darron Gibson on Friday, will not face England

6:31pm Monday 17th November 2014

STEVEN FLETCHER had a big role to play in Danny Graham’s move from Wearside, and hopes to have his own significant part when Sunderland return to Premier League action this weekend.

Gus Poyet thanks Ellis Short for understanding Sunderland's bad days

The Northern Echo: LOOKING TO FUTURE: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet wants to make his team more consistent

6:53am Monday 17th November 2014

GUS POYET thinks Sunderland owner Ellis Short accepts it will take time to transform the club’s long-term Premier League fortunes.

Coloccini and Taylor facing weeks out for Magpies

7:00am Monday 17th November 2014

Newcastle United have learned skipper Fabricio Coloccini could be out for up to five weeks.

Boro braced to lose Omeruo for weeks

The Northern Echo: CHALLENGING HARD: Kenneth Omeruo (number 22) challenges Edin Dzeko for a header during Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia on Saturday night

5:11pm Sunday 16th November 2014

KENNETH OMERUO looks set to miss out on a sizeable chunk of Middlesbrough’s Championship push, regardless of how serious the injury he picked up on international duty is.

Strong finish for Graeme Storm in Turkey

The Northern Echo: Swizz success: Graeme Storm on his way to a great finish at Crans-sur-Sierre last Saturday when he hit a hole-in-one at the 11th during the third round of the Omega European Masters

3:49pm Sunday 16th November 2014

GRAEME STORM found his touch over the weekend to climb up the leaderboard at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Disappointment for York and Gateshead

3:39pm Sunday 16th November 2014

YORK CITY failed to give their survival chances a real lift when they lost out to fellow strugglers Oxford United at Bootham Crescent.

Magpies waiting for Tiote news after injury blow

The Northern Echo: In business: Newcastle's Mehdi Abeid, tracking West Brom's Cristian Gamboa on Sunday, is enjoying his own resurgence

3:39pm Sunday 16th November 2014

ALAN PARDEW is banking on Cheik Tiote returning to match fitness after learning Mehdi Abeid will not face Queens Park Rangers this Saturday.

Karanka thinks Boro have got personality back in hunt for promotion

The Northern Echo: Returning: Adam Clayton should take his place in the Boro midfield against Watford

7:03am Saturday 15th November 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks Middlesbrough are playing with personality again after a brief spell in August when he realised his squad needed an injection of new blood.

Newcastle defender not worried about Dutch omission after welcome return to form

The Northern Echo: LEFT OUT: Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat is keen to get back in the Holland squad and help the Magpies stay in the top eight of the Premier League

6:32am Saturday 15th November 2014

WITH debate ongoing in his homeland about the reasons he was left out of the latest Holland squad, Daryl Janmaat thinks Newcastle United’s rise up the Premier League table will earn him a recall.

Sunderland striker Danny Graham keen to find the net after completing Wolves move

The Northern Echo: HEADING BACK: Danny Graham is set to start pre-season training with Sunderland after finishing a loan spell at Middlesbrough

12:52pm Friday 14th November 2014

UNWANTED Sunderland striker Danny Graham has vowed to get back on the goal trail after completing a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the rest of the year. The Black Cats have agreed to let the 29-year-old head for Molineux until January when a longer term deal could be agreed depending on how things go.

Mehdi banks on Newcastle form earning a Africa Cup of Nations call

The Northern Echo: In business: Newcastle's Mehdi Abeid, tracking West Brom's Cristian Gamboa on Sunday, is enjoying his own resurgence

6:34am Friday 14th November 2014

MEHDI ABEID is banking on the Africa Cup of Nations being given the go-ahead after taking a huge step closer to appearing in the finals by proving he can mix it in the Premier League.

Poyet thinks Sunderland have to think big - like Chelsea did with Diego Costa

The Northern Echo: ANOTHER LEVEL: Diego Costa took Chelsea up a notch when he arrived from Atletico Madrid in the summer

6:33am Friday 14th November 2014

GUS POYET dreams of the day when he can think about adding a ‘Diego Costa-type’ signing to take Sunderland to the next level as he struggles to bring greater consistency to the club.

'Thank you Steve Gibson' says Boro boss after first year in charge

The Northern Echo: HAPPY TIMES: Aitor Karanka will celebrate his first anniversary as Middlesbrough's head coach on Thursday

5:36pm Thursday 13th November 2014

TWELVE months after agreeing to take his first job in frontline football management, Aitor Karanka has said ‘thank you’ to chairman Steve Gibson for taking a chance on him at Middlesbrough.

Fraser from the Fairway: Storm ready to ease off after strong finish in Turkey

The Northern Echo: Swizz success: Graeme Storm on his way to a great finish at Crans-sur-Sierre last Saturday when he hit a hole-in-one at the 11th during the third round of the Omega European Masters

7:04am Thursday 13th November 2014

WHEN the curtain comes down on another year of European Tour golf for Graeme Storm, he will be able to reflect on 12 months of emotional lows and satisfying highs.

Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club celebrates centenary

The Northern Echo: New role: Rochdale-born Pete Newton has a bigger role at Rockliffe Hall

9:16pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

A HISTORIC golf club in the heart of Herriot Country is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with support from a new funding arrangement from Yorkshire Bank.

Premier League defences will be aware of Perez threat now warns Magpies team-mate

The Northern Echo: Moment of magic: Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring his brilliant goal at West Brom

7:20am Tuesday 11th November 2014

AYOZE PEREZ’S team-mates at Newcastle United think the Spanish hot-shot could soon have Premier League defences paying extra attention to him after a blistering start to life in England.

Tuesday Topic: A St James' Park transfer which could lead to world domination

The Northern Echo: NEW SIGNING: Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn with new signing Bradley Saunders during the press conference at St James' Park in Newcastle. Picture: DAVID WOOD (12590110)

10:34pm Monday 10th November 2014

County Durham boxer Bradley Saunders was on Tyneside yesterday to announce a dramatic transfer. Paul Fraser caught up with the Sedgefield talent after being handed a lucrative deal with Matchroom and Sky Sports

Pardew admits he has escaped the sack at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: HIGH FIVE: Newcastle United fans celebrate their second goal during yesterday’s win at West Brom, their fifth win in a row. Picture: David Davies/PA

8:31am Monday 10th November 2014

ALAN PARDEW gave Mike Ashley the big thumbs up at The Hawthorns and then admitted he was close to the sack before leading Newcastle United to a five-match winning run.

Match Report: West Brom 0 Newcastle United 2

The Northern Echo: AWAY WIN: Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring the first goal during yesterday’s 2-1 win at the Hawthorns								                Pictures: David Davies/PA

7:16am Monday 10th November 2014

FOR a player who attracted tentative interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Ayoze Perez delivered the sort of finish that would not have looked out of place in the net at either Camp Nou or the Bernabeu.

Match Report: West Bromwich Albion 0 Newcastle United 2

The Northern Echo:

3:20pm Sunday 9th November 2014

NEWCASTLE United made it five wins in a row to climb up to seventh in the Premier League by defeating West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Team news: Dummett to replace Taylor in Newcastle back four at WBA

The Northern Echo: On song: Newcastle United's Steven Taylor (left) is back in the defence and is playing with Jack Colback

12:39pm Sunday 9th November 2014

STEVEN TAYLOR has been ruled out of Newcastle United’s lunch-time kick-off with West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland boss wants to go back in time with former Manchester City and Boro man Johnson

The Northern Echo: Top talent: Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates scoring the equalising goal against Tottenham in September

5:45am Saturday 8th November 2014

SUNDERLAND fans have witnessed the brilliance of Adam Johnson at first hand and Gus Poyet was mesmerised by the winger’s performances when he earned the Premier League’s player of the month at the turn of the year.

Poyet urges Wickham to decide his Sunderland future after Lazio interest

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Connor Wickham beats Stoke City's Asmir Begovic to set up his sides third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 4, 2014. See PA story

10:33pm Friday 7th November 2014

CONNOR WICKHAM was last night told to make up his own mind on his Sunderland future after claims emerged that Italian club Lazio are interested in landing him for just £450,000.

Chelsea youngster happy on Teesside and thinks togetherness is key to promotion with Boro

The Northern Echo: Celebration: Patrick Bamford scored his second goal for Boro at Anfield on Tuesday

10:32pm Friday 7th November 2014

PATRICK BAMFORD has hinted he is ready to stay at Middlesbrough beyond this year.

'We need to be stronger at the back for the long term' says Sunderland's Swede

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 3rd, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit shou

10:04pm Friday 7th November 2014

AFTER finally sealing a return to winning ways at Crystal Palace last Monday, Seb Larsson thinks Sunderland must try to eradicate defensive lapses if they are to fulfil ambitions to avoid a relegation struggle this season.

Press conference update: Sunderland defender set for surgery?

The Northern Echo: Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet celebrates victory at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 3rd, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit should read Daniel Ham

2:20pm Friday 7th November 2014

PATRICK van Aanholt will learn later today if he needs surgery on the shoulder injury he sustained playing for Sunderland at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Golf shorts: Darlington handed cash boost, Lynch lined up for new post and NERGA create new league

The Northern Echo: New job: Consett's Tom Lynch has left Slaley Hall

6:08am Thursday 6th November 2014

DARLINGTON Golf Club is pressing ahead with ambitious plans to improve facilities after being awarded a Sport England Inspired Facilities Grant of £57,000.

Bedale's Brown leading the region's hopes on the England scene as squads confirmed

The Northern Echo: Promising: Darlington's Ella Crang is in the Under-16s squad

6:04am Thursday 6th November 2014

THIS week has been another of achievement for Daniel Brown as the young man from Bedale familiarises himself with life on the England scene.

Goal-hungry Leadbitter desperate for fans to see Boro hit top spot for first time in two years

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Thursday 6th November 2014

GRANT LEADBITTER has spoken of the need to live up to rising expectations on Teesside ahead of a weekend when Middlesbrough could climb to the top of the Championship for the first time in two years.

Colback thinks the Premier League could soon be worried by Newcastle ahead of Baggies trip

The Northern Echo: Impressive: Manchester City's Yaya Toure (centre left) found Newcastle United's Jack Colback and his team-mates had too much for them at the Etihad recently

6:16am Wednesday 5th November 2014

FOUR wins in a row finally gave Newcastle United’s season lift-off, and midfielder Jack Colback feels a fifth this weekend would make the rest of the Premier League wary of the heightened Tyneside threat.

Karanka vows to keep players' feet on the ground after Boro's latest impressive win

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Wednesday 5th November 2014

AITOR KARANKA has refused to get carried away by Middlesbrough’s rise in to the Championship’s automatic promotion places in November, but thinks his players have every reason to believe they can seal a return to the Premier League.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 4 Norwich City 0

The Northern Echo:

7:20am Wednesday 5th November 2014

THE wait goes on for Middlesbrough to hit top spot in the Championship, but at this rate it will not take Aitor Karanka’s men too much longer to get there.

Team news: Reach rested as Boro make three changes

The Northern Echo:

7:22pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

IN Middlesbrough’s bid to climb to the top of the Championship tonight manager Aitor Karanka has made three changes to the team which brushed aside Rotherham United on Saturday.

Boro boss dreams of filling the Riverside as promotion push continues

The Northern Echo:

7:04am Tuesday 4th November 2014

AITOR KARANKA is dreaming of filling the Riverside Stadium again – just as Jose Mourinho described to him when he first took over on Teesside almost a year ago.

Press conference update: Reach signs new Boro deal as Adomah returns

The Northern Echo: FRUSTRATION: Middlesborough's Adam Reach looks dejected after missing a chance to score Picture: Action Images / Alex Morton

2:00pm Monday 3rd November 2014

ADAM REACH has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Middlesbrough after a stunning start to the season.

'Blame me for not eradicating Sunderland's horrible howlers' says Poyet after Arsenal win

The Northern Echo: Game over: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone was at fault for the crucial second goal for Arsenal but Sunderland were struggling to score any way

9:40am Monday 27th October 2014

'THINGS can only get better' has been chanted by fans at the Stadium of Light regularly during the last couple of years, but Gus Poyet is not sure that they have for Sunderland during his first 12 months in charge at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland fall in to relegation zone but Johnson insists 'we're not in crisis'

The Northern Echo: Game over: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone was at fault for the crucial second goal for Arsenal but Sunderland were struggling to score any way

6:35am Monday 27th October 2014

SUNDERLAND dropped back into the Premier League’s bottom three yesterday, but Adam Johnson insists the club is not in crisis after suffering back-to-back defeats which have significantly fractured confidence on Wearside.

Rugby round-up: Mowden Park hold promotion chasers to a draw

The Northern Echo: MOWDEN RUGBY:Mowden Park's Callum MacKenzie  v Flyde rugby's Paul Arnold. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (11929667)

7:22pm Sunday 26th October 2014

THERE was frustration and plenty of satisfaction for Darlington Mowden Park when promotion-chasing Fylde came from behind to earn a draw at The Northern Echo Arena.

Match ratings: Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2

The Northern Echo: Man of the match: Alexis Sanchez's two goals separated the two sides

6:03pm Sunday 26th October 2014

Goals:

Heed enter first round draw as York do just enough

12:08pm Sunday 26th October 2014

AN error from former Hartlepool United goalkeeper Jan Budtz helped Gateshead on their way to earn a comfortable 4-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity in the FA Cup.

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