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Confident: Sam Allardyce faced the press for the first time. Picture: Paul Fraser

'Ellis Short swung my return to Sunderland' - Sam Allardyce

Armstrong's injury-time winner puts Darlington back on top

Armstrong's injury-time winner puts Darlington back on top

Macclesfield Town 1 Gateshead 0

Gateshead's poor run continues

Moors lose unbeaten record to Brighouse

Fit? Newcastle United's Jack Colback has a chance of being fit

Magpies hoping for fitness boost but Darlow out until November

LIVE: Ashton United v Darlington

Praise: Former Sunderland striker Michael Bridges used to play for Sam Allardyce at Bolton

Sam Allardyce's style can benefit every Sunderland player claims Michael Bridges

NEW BOSS: Sam Allardyce has been appointed Sunderland manager Picture: Paul Fraser

5 big issues for Sam Allardyce to address as Sunderland boss

Sidelined: Tim Krul was rocked to hear his season is over

Unlucky 13 - Newcastle United have longest list of injured stars in Premier League

HAT-TRICK HERO: Darlington striker Lee Gaskell with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick on Saturday. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Another Darlington away game is a short trip for Gaskell

Return? Peter Reid watches the team with Kevin Phillips on the first day of Sunderland's pre-season training in 2002

Allardyce watches young guns as drive for Sunderland No 2 goes on

Hartlepool United V Morecambe. Sky Bey League 2. Carl Magney celebrates Pools' second goal.Picture: TOM BANKS (41786932)

Hartlepool United's Carl Magnay defends his position after spitting row

Changes: Michael Bridges is backing Sam Allardyce

Michael Bridges thinks Big Sam will revolutionise Sunderland

Julian Godfrey successfully defended his MSA Supercar class British Rallycross Championship crown at Croft

North Yorkshire driver Kevin Procter lands the spoils at Croft Circuit

BUBBLING UP: Sam Allardyce will attempt to restore his managerial reputation at Sunderland following his dismissal from West Ham

Redemption, not relegation, on Allardyce's mind as he prepares to take over at Sunderland

First game: Sam Allardyce arriving at the Stadium of Light before the Under-21s draw

Allardyce watches Sunderland on a mixed night for Mandron

Hartlepool United No.9 Rakish Bingham goes round Northampton Town No.1 Goalkeeper Adam Smith to score. Credit: SCFotos/Stuart Crump

Hartlepool United pegged back by defensive problems

TREBLE: Darlington striker Lee Gaskell celebrates completing his hat-trick after being teed up by the grounded Graeme Armstrong. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Gaskell enjoys a goal glut as Darlington return to form

New man: Sam Allardyce.

A bright new era at Sunderland? No, but it could be after Allardyce move

MASSIVE BLOW: Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season after damaging his cruciate ligaments

Newcastle confirm Krul is out for the season

ALL SMILES: Scotland's players celebrate after Greig Laidlaw's decisive second-half try

Newcastle's spell in the rugby spotlight ends with some World Cup wizardry

Hartlepool United No.5 Scott Harrison and Northampton Town No.8 Joel Byrom. Credit: SCFotos/Stuart Crump

Player Ratings: Northampton Town v Hartlepool United

RIVERSIDE: Middlesbrough Football Club

Boro young gun dreaming of international glory

Confident: Sam Allardyce knows what is needed at Sunderland

'There will be no quick-fix' warns new Sunderland boss Allardyce

TRY SCORER: Mowden Park's Ben Frankland

Fifth defeat on the spin for Mowden Park - but a return to The Northern Echo Arena nears

EXCELLENT: Darlington's Leon Scott added steel in the centre of the pitch. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

DARLO DIARY: You could see the panic in opposition team

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw prepares to kick a penalty in Scotland's 36-33 win over Samoa (Picture: Chris Booth)

Laidlaw delighted with Scotland's spirit

Spennymoor Town manager Jason Ainsley

Spennymoor Town not at their best, but draw at Farsley

Heed and York both make their point

CRUCIAL SCORE: Greig Laidlaw celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Scotland's third try

Scotland make World Cup quarter-finals after winning thriller at St James' Park

LEAVING: Martin Jesper

Darlington FC's outgoing chief exec stresses talks to bring club back to Darlington will continue

IN CHARGE: Sam Allardyce has agreed a two-year deal to take over as manager of Sunderland

Allardyce promises to bring 'stability and success' to Sunderland

QUALITY FINISH: Lee Gaskell scores the second goal of his hat-trick in acrobatic style. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

VIDEO: Gaskell hits a hat-trick in Darlington romp

Frustration : Moore

Northampton Town 2 Hartlepool United 1

Billy Paynter of Hartlepool United levels the scores at 1-1 against Luton last week Photo: Mark Fletcher | MI News & Sport

Moore concerned by defensive errors

ON THE BALL: Phil Turnbull looks for a pass during Darlington’s defeat last Saturday. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington bid to catch teams above them

Meccas Angel ridden by Paul Mulrennan (left) wins the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe. (36723757)

The Paul Mulrennan column: Why Dods made the right call

Sam Allardyce

Big Sam a short price to be Sunderland boss

TOUGH TIMES: Samoa's players trudge from the field after their World Cup defeat to South Africa

Rugby World Cup: Samoa determined to restore some pride

TOIL AND HUDDLE: Scotland's players hold a group meeting on the St James' Park pitch as they prepare for today's World Cup game with Samoa

Rugby World Cup: Sudden death starts early for the Scots

STANDING DOWN: Martin Jesper is to resign as Darlington's chief executive officer after three years in the role

Shock for Darlington FC as chief executive Martin Jesper quits

ALL BLACK MAGIC: Ma'a Nonu celebrates his 100th All Black cap in style as he scores the final try of his side's 47-9 win over Tonga

All Blacks cut loose at St James' - but questions remain

ON THE BRINK: Sam Allardyce is close to being confirmed as Sunderland's new boss

Sunderland confirm Allardyce appointment

Aitor Karanka named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

Aitor Karanka named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

Crossing the divide - five men to have represented both Sunderland and Newcastle after Black Cats appoint former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce

Crossing the divide - five men to have represented both Sunderland and Newcastle after Black Cats appoint former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce

WINNER: Ivan Toney alongside development coach Ben Dawson

Newcastle United have unearthed a gem in young striker, believes Beardsley

Pride: Stelling

Pools appoint Jeff Stelling as President

Moors hope to keep unbeaten league run going

Mowden Park scrum half Bruno Bravo, seen here touching down against Henley Hawks last month, scored his side's first try in their 32-20 defeat at Ampthill last Saturday – Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Mowden hope for better things after tough run

Interest: Sam Allardyce wants plenty of changes, although his Geordie-born assistant manager, Neil McDonald, at West Ham is now the manager at Blackpool

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


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