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Big Sam wants more staff, more players to make a better Sunderland team

The Northern Echo: Neil McDonald, right, and former Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce during their time at West Ham

6:50am Friday 9th October 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE wants a shake up of Sunderland’s backroom set-up and the go ahead for squad investment in January before making a decision on whether to take over at the Stadium of Light.

Uncertainty surrounding two French Magpies

The Northern Echo: Wanted: Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran

5:10am Friday 9th October 2015

MOUSSA SISSOKO’S future at Newcastle United faces further uncertainty, but a fellow Frenchman is convinced he can still play a huge part in Steve McClaren’s attempts to turn the club around.

Can Ayala and Karanka claim September awards for Middlesbrough?

The Northern Echo: Award? Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka

5:51pm Thursday 8th October 2015

AITOR KARANKA is the strong favourite to become the Sky Bet Championship’s manager of the month for September after Middlesbrough’s climb in to an automatic promotion place.

Liverpool's trip to Sunderland changed

The Northern Echo: IN CHARGE: Borussia Dortmund's charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp

11:28am Thursday 8th October 2015

IF Jurgen Klopp takes over at Liverpool in the next 48 hours then his first trip to Sunderland has been rearranged for television scheduling.

Are gender tees soon to be a thing of the past in Durham?

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6:47am Thursday 8th October 2015

GOLF clubs from across the region are being encouraged to consider a growing national trend to go gender-free off the tee.

Maggie's magic seals dream trip to Pinehurst

The Northern Echo: Brilliant: Maggie Whitehead

5:16pm Wednesday 7th October 2015

LITTLE Maggie Whitehead followed in family footsteps by picking up a golf club – and now she has landed a trip to America.

Magpies warned off fresh approach for striker as defender returns to Tyneside

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 01-01-2015 of Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 24, 2015. QPR manager Chris Ramsey admits Charlie Austin is likely to leave the club this summer. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit sh

5:43am Wednesday 7th October 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED have been told to forget about reviving interest in Charlie Austin in January – even though the Queens Park Rangers striker will become a free agent next summer.

Boro boss not concerned about Newcastle and Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Focused: Boro boss Aitor Karanka

5:21am Wednesday 7th October 2015

AITOR KARANKA thinks Middlesbrough’s climb into the Championship’s top two has given the town a lift, but has warned of complacency after watching an impressive winning run come to an end.

'Certain people' are to blame but Sunderland can be turned around claims Roy Keane

The Northern Echo: Strong words: Republic of Ireland's assistant coach Roy Keane spoke to the media at Gannon Park, Dublin, yesterday

5:12am Wednesday 7th October 2015

ROY KEANE thinks that Ellis Short’s next managerial appointment at the Stadium of Light can turn Sunderland around – provided certain things change behind-the-scenes at the Premier League strugglers.

Teacher Fawcitt delivers lesson in how to win

The Northern Echo: Winner: Slaley Hall's Steve Fawcitt

5:11am Wednesday 7th October 2015

A NORTH-EAST teaching professional has described how the “best putting and chipping” display of his life helped to earn the biggest victory of his career.

Top candidates should be queuing up for Sunderland job, not running away from it

The Northern Echo: Sam Allardyce

5:20pm Tuesday 6th October 2015

CAST your eyes over yesterday’s newspapers or type ‘Sunderland manager’ into Google and you will soon understand that taking over at the Stadium of Light has not proven to be the most appealing job for those being seriously considered by Ellis Short.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short considers structure rethink as shortlist is drawn up

The Northern Echo: Choices: Sunderland owner Ellis Short

7:20am Tuesday 6th October 2015

ELLIS SHORT would scrap Sunderland’s sporting director structure if it helped to land the right manager after years of struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League.

The Contenders: Who should get the Sunderland manager job?

The Northern Echo: Dated: 13/09/2015
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat looks pensive before kick off #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia (40520492)

2:00pm Monday 5th October 2015

ELLIS SHORT has been here before. Once again the Sunderland owner is looking to appoint another new manager, or head coach if that is the route they want to go down for the third time.

Too little, too late as Sunderland serve up a farewell treat for Advocaat

The Northern Echo:

5:23am Monday 5th October 2015

SAVING the best until last moved Dick Advocaat to tears on his final appearance at the Stadium of Light.

Big Sam would need persuading after Advocaat quits Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat following the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 26, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RE

6:20am Monday 5th October 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE would want assurances that cash was available for squad investment in January if Sunderland are to stand any chance of persuading him to succeed Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light.

Storm slips out of contention in Scotland

5:09pm Sunday 4th October 2015

GRAEME STORM’S bid for glory at the Alfred Dunhill Links came to a frustrating end this afternoon.

Match ratings: Sunderland 2 West Ham United 2

The Northern Echo: Top man: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher celebrates with Jermain Lens

5:03pm Sunday 4th October 2015


Goals galore for York and Gateshead

2:45pm Sunday 4th October 2015

GATESHEAD missed out on a chance to climb level on points with leaders Forest Green in the Vanarama Conference.

Allardyce the favourite to succeed Advocaat at Sunderland

The Northern Echo:

1:59pm Sunday 4th October 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE is the bookmakers favourite to succeed Dick Advocaat at Sunderland.

McClaren in no mood to be Mr Grumpy at Newcastle as he plots City gains

The Northern Echo: Smiler: Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren (left) and Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho shake hands before the Premier League match at St James' Park last weekend

6:10am Saturday 3rd October 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are learning how to smile again under a head coach determined not to be miserable despite being without a first Premier League win since taking over in June.

Turkey provided the perfect tonic for Ayala ahead of promotion push with Boro

The Northern Echo: Promotion aims: Daniel Ayala has big ambitions after a summer on the farm

6:03am Saturday 3rd October 2015

IF you were told that Daniel Ayala had turkey on his mind after Middlesbrough’s play-off final defeat in May, the assumption would be that he quickly disappeared on holiday to get over the frustrations of losing at Wembley.

Tiote challenged to prove his worth again at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Battle: Newcastle United's Cheik Tiote has an uncertain future

5:40am Saturday 3rd October 2015

CHEIK TIOTE has been told he can have a future at Newcastle United - he just has to prove it.

Fantastic Fernando was always a safe bet for Boro claims Karanka

The Northern Echo: High flyer: Middlesbrough's Fernando Amorebieta scored his side's second goal during the play-off semi-final at Brentford in May

5:14am Saturday 3rd October 2015

AITOR KARANKA always felt Fernando Amorebieta would help to keep Middlesbrough in the promotion race for the Premier League – and the experienced defender is showing why.

Uncertainty surrounding Advocaat's job goes on but Dutchman claims he is best man for Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat arriving of the team bus before the Barclays Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Bournemouth. Photo credit shou

5:12am Saturday 3rd October 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT insists that he remains the best man for the job at the Stadium of Light as he looks to secure a victory which could make or break his tenure as Sunderland head coach.

Storm set for surge in Scotland over weekend

The Northern Echo: On song: Graeme Storm has finished second at the European Open

6:29pm Friday 2nd October 2015

GRAEME STORM remains in contention at the Alfred Dunhill Links after posting a second sub-par round on the east coast of Scotland.

Boot room banter: Manchester City v Newcastle United

The Northern Echo: Key man: Chelsea's Gary Cahill was given a tough afternoon by Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic last Saturday

2:02pm Friday 2nd October 2015

The indicators are on, but will Newcastle United finally turn the corner after a morale-boosting display against Chelsea last weekend?

Buckley leaves Sunderland and speculation increases about Advocaat

The Northern Echo: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat makes his way to the bench in front Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (right) before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 26, 2015.

10:50am Friday 2nd October 2015

LEEDS UNITED have completed the signing of Sunderland winger Will Buckley for the rest of the year.

Boro boss happier this season without relying on Mourinho help

The Northern Echo: Settled: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka only has one player from Chelsea this season

5:35am Friday 2nd October 2015

AITOR KARANKA has revealed why he is happy for Jose Mourinho to help out Reading this season – even if the rivals for promotion face Middlesbrough tomorrow.

'Don't blame Dick, back him' urges former Sunderland man Michael Gray

The Northern Echo: Decisions: Sunderland owner and chairman Ellis Short

5:14am Friday 2nd October 2015

MICHAEL GRAY thinks Sunderland’s failings should not be continuously blamed on the manager and has backed Dick Advocaat to lead another successful survival charge.

Memorable international for Jack as Wynyard and Brancepeth pairs celebrate

The Northern Echo: International: Hartlepool's Jack Ainscough, fifth from the left, celebrates after beating Scotland

5:46pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

DURHAM youngster Jack Ainscough won both of his singles matches to help England Under-16s secure a 16-9 victory over Scotland at Dalmahoy at the weekend.

Sunderland squad target seven-match lift to save season

The Northern Echo: Tough times: Sunderland's Lee Cattermole and Manchester United's Anthony Martial (left) battle for the ball during the Black Cats' 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford

5:35am Tuesday 29th September 2015

SUNDERLAND’S winless squad is urged to make the most of a seven-match run to December which will go a long way in determining the club's Premier League future.

Are Newcastle in better shape to stay in the Premier League than Sunderland?

The Northern Echo: CRITICISED: Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley

5:34am Tuesday 29th September 2015

IT is now less than a month until Newcastle United travel to Wearside with the aim of preventing a sixth straight derby defeat to Sunderland.

'Mitrovic and me can get Magpies motoring' claims Spanish striker

The Northern Echo: On song: Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez

5:14am Tuesday 29th September 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has been told he already has St James’ Park’s latest deadly double act to power Newcastle United clear of relegation trouble at his disposal.

Advocaat hints at switch to two strikers after Manchester United leave Sunderland floored

The Northern Echo: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat makes his way to the bench in front Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (right) before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 26, 2015.

5:15am Monday 28th September 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT is planning a change of system in a bid to find with a solution to Sunderland’s woeful form and stop the slide towards the Championship.

Cattermole confident Sunderland are better than last two years of struggle

The Northern Echo: Manchester United's Juan Mata (second right) scores their third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 26, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo c

5:07am Monday 28th September 2015

YOU could sense the disappointment Lee Cattermole felt in the Sunderland penalty area deep in to stoppage-time at Old Trafford as he picked himself up off the floor.

Graeme Storm relieved and tells caddie 'We've got a job for next year!'

The Northern Echo: On song: Graeme Storm has finished second at the European Open

6:46pm Sunday 27th September 2015

GRAEME STORM can start to plan for another 12 months on the European Tour after narrowly missing out on his first title in eight years – but wants to finish this year in style first.

Match ratings: Manchester United 3 Sunderland 0

The Northern Echo: Top man: Manchester United's Juan Mata

2:10pm Sunday 27th September 2015


Magpies boss McClaren claims small steps made but giant leaps could take time

The Northern Echo: Dated: 18/10/2014
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley watches the action alongside club MD Lee Charnley during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia (25070730)

6:07am Saturday 26th September 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has attempted to reassure frustrated fans that things are improving after Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley publicly declared the boardroom’s support for the head coach’s methods.

French Florian set for time out at Magpies as McClaren looks for greater mental strength

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren appears dejected during the Capital One Cup, third round match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should re

5:58am Saturday 26th September 2015

ONE of Newcastle United’s most expensive and exciting signings of the summer could find himself given some time out of the firing line while he adjusts to life in the Premier League.

Seaton on verge of national cup glory after a stroll to the last four

The Northern Echo: Legend: Graham Button met Alan Shearer

5:33am Saturday 26th September 2015

SEATON Carew Strollers are within walking distance of glory as they take on reigning champions Barnsley's Leggy Mambos in the Walking Football United National Cup.

Two Dutch masters ready for Old Trafford battle between Sunderland and United

The Northern Echo: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat arriving of the team bus before the Barclays Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Bournemouth. Photo credit shou

5:11am Saturday 26th September 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT and Louis van Gaal have been long term friends since appearing together for Sparta Rotterdam in their younger playing days in Holland.

Sunderland fans are still behind me claims Advocaat

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Dick Advocaat before Kick Off of the Capital One Cup, third round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Hum

5:07am Saturday 26th September 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT believes he still has the backing of Wearside as he attempts to lift Sunderland out of the relegation zone and on to brighter times after a depressing run of years.

Cattermole to help Sunderland try to stop Manchester United hot-shot Martial

The Northern Echo: Threat: Anthony Martial scored this for Manchester United at Southampton last weekend

5:57am Friday 25th September 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT is weighing up whether to recall Lee Cattermole in a bid to shore up his leaky Sunderland team ahead of a trip to Manchester United when they will come face-to-face with French wonderkid Anthony Martial.

Hartlepool's Alex the great helps GB&I claim PGA Cup

The Northern Echo: California dreaming: Captain Jon Bevan (centre) poses with his victorious Great Britain & Ireland team after they defeated the United States at the 27th PGA Cup at CordeValle in California. Alex Wrigley is pictured back right. Picture: Scott Halleran/Gett

5:17am Thursday 24th September 2015

A HARTLEPOOL pro turned on the style at just the right time to help Great Britain & Ireland claim the PGA Cup - and hopes it boosts his European Tour dream.

Frustration for Ridden inspired Newcastle, while Sir Bobby day returns to Rockliffe

3:29pm Wednesday 23rd September 2015

THERE was countback heartbreak for the three-man team from City of Newcastle Golf Club when Birstall made up nine shots to claim the title of English Champion Club.

Advocaat seeks out the positives in Sunderland cup defeat

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Wednesday 23rd September 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT was not as frustrated as many people would think after watching Sunderland suffer a first-half collapse against a rampant and expensively assembled Manchester City side in the Capital One Cup.

Allison Malham shortlisted for top award for work at Seaton Carew

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Thursday 24th September 2015

A CLUB SECRETARY from a North-East golf club has been shortlisted for a national award.

Dutchman confident McClaren can solve the Newcastle puzzle

The Northern Echo:

6:03am Tuesday 22nd September 2015

SIEM DE JONG thinks Steve McClaren can soon put the Newcastle United jigsaw together and enjoy a much-needed change of fortunes at St James’ Park.

Advocaat focused on Sunderland revival while he thinks he is the best man for the job

The Northern Echo: Tunnel vision: Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is happy on Wearside and keen to finish the job.

4:12am Tuesday 22nd September 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT insists he is miles away from quitting his role as Sunderland’s head coach, but he would walk away from Wearside if he felt there was a better man for the job.

Newcastle's woeful start can't get much worse ... can it?

The Northern Echo: Dutch of class: Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat celebrates scoring his side's goal

5:59am Monday 21st September 2015

IF this is what almost £50m worth of spending has done for Newcastle United, then Mike Ashley must be wondering why on earth he bothered.

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