The Northern Echo: Stuart Hall v Randy Caballero

Poyet admits his job might have been in jeopardy had he not been managing at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: FALLOUT: Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet admits his job might have been at risk had last weekend's 8-0 defeat happened at another club

7:03am Friday 24th October 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has been taken aback by the level-headed reaction to Sunderland’s record-breaking 8-0 defeat at Southampton, and admitted his job would be in jeopardy had he been managing at most other clubs.

Giants clash could be key in end of season shake-up for Wildcats

The Northern Echo: (11894729)

11:45am Friday 24th October 2014

IT MAY only be October but Durham Wildcats and Manchester Giants know Sunday’s meeting could have a big impact on where they end up in April.

VIDEO: Lamela wonder goal hailed

The Northern Echo: Erik Lamela scored once for Spurs in his first season at the club. Picture: Action Images

10:57am Friday 24th October 2014

ERIK Lamela's outrageous rabona strike was one of the best goals head coach Mauricio Pochettino has ever seen and may well prove the defining moment in his Tottenham career.

Koeman wants Saints to start better

The Northern Echo: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman (right) greets Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet before the Barclays Premier League match at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 18, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Southa

10:19am Friday 24th October 2014

Southampton might boast the Barclays Premier League's meanest defence, but that did not stop boss Ronald Koeman forcing his squad to sit through a video bloopers reel this week.

Dowson returns for Darlington

The Northern Echo: BACK IN ACTION: Darlington’s David Dowson

9:11am Friday 24th October 2014

Darlington will finally welcome David Dowson back into the squad when they face Burscough at Heritage Park tomorrow.

Murray out to do it his way at Victoria Park

The Northern Echo: NEW BOSS: Paul Murray, appointed Hartlepool manager yesterday

8:40am Friday 24th October 2014

PAUL MURRAY has been entrusted with the task of lifting fortunes at Hartlepool United, after taking over as manager yesterday.

Ex-Reds criticise Balotelli buy

The Northern Echo: DISAPPOINTING: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli

8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher does not believe Mario Balotelli will remain with the club next season, and has labelled the controversial forward a panic buy.

Darlington fighter Hall is tipped to regain his world title late on

The Northern Echo: DREAM TEAM: Stuart Hall (back), pictured with his promoter Dennis Hobson (front)

7:03am Friday 24th October 2014

DENNIS HOBSON expects Stuart Hall to reclaim his IBF World Bantamweight title by stopping Randy Cabellero in the closing stages of the pair’s Monte Carlo showdown tomorrow.

Karanka insists Boro can cope without captain Grant

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka gives words of encouragement to Grant Leadbitter

Photographer Dave Howarth/CameraSport

Football - Capital One Cup Third Round - Liverpool v Middlesbrough - Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - Anfield - Liverpool

7:02am Friday 24th October 2014

AITOR Karanka is confident Middlesbrough can cope without Grant Leadbitter tomorrow and will not accept the captain’s absence as an excuse for a bad result against Watford.

"Players must produce nine out of ten performances" - Ainsley

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley says that Moors must be at their very best to defeat Conference Premier visitors AFC Telford in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, and reach the first round proper for the first time in 19 years.

"I might never have another chance" - Lewis

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Spennymoor midfielder Lewis Dodds says that he might never have another chance to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup.

Scott Wilson Column: It's time for Darlington's world champion to get the recognition he deserves

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN Stuart Hall takes to the ring in Monte Carlo’s Salle Des Etoiles tomorrow night, he will be taking part in his fourth world-title fight in the space of ten months.

Rodgers admits Balotelli has work to do

The Northern Echo:

9:44am Friday 24th October 2014

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli has plenty of work to do to prove he is good enough to be at the club.

Administrators lock Caterham staff out of formula one team's headquarters

The Northern Echo:

7:32am Friday 24th October 2014

CATERHAM'S hopes of being on the grid for next weekend's grand prix in the United States were dealt a further blow yesterday.

Groves to fight Douglin

The Northern Echo:

9:40am Friday 24th October 2014

GEORGE Groves has been added to the bumper undercard of the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month as he bids to strengthen his claims for another world title shot.

Bach backs new bidding procedure

9:06am Friday 24th October 2014

The International Olympic Committee has outlined its first steps to reduce the often prohibitive cost of bidding for and staging the Games.

Karanka: Watford the ideal test after Wolves defeat

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AFTER suffering a disappointing defeat against Wolves on Tuesday night, Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka sees Saturday’s visit of second-placed Watford as the ideal game to test his team’s mettle.

Kane savours "great night" at White Hart Line with first hat-trick

The Northern Echo: Tottenham's Harry Kane salutes the crowd at the end of the UEFA Europa League, Group C match at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 23, 2014. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire. (11882803)

11:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HARRY Kane savoured a "great night" under the White Hart Lane floodlights as his hat-trick helped Tottenham to a 5-1 Europa League victory over Asteras Tripoli.

Martinez hails 'incredible' Everton fans

The Northern Echo: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, challenges for the ball with Lille's Sebastien Corchia, left, during their Europa League soccer match at the Lille Metropole stadium, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo) (

10:56pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expressed his "immense pride" for the club's "incredible" fans after a turbulent 24 hours building up to last night's 0-0 Europa League draw at Lille.

Ben Arfa admits to being 'too fragile' during his time at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

8:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HATEM BEN ARFA has conceded that a ‘mental fragility’ contributed to his failure to make a success of his time at Newcastle United.

"I'm only as good as the service I get" -- Henderson

8:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Danger man Liam Henderson is aiming to fire Moors into the first round of the FA Cup when Conference club AFC Telford come to the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Sunderland boss to stick with Mannone for Arsenal game

The Northern Echo:

3:19pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

GUSTAVO POYET will not be dropping Vito Mannone for Saturday's game with Arsenal despite the Sunderland goalkeeper committing a series of errors during last weekend's 8-0 humiliation at Southampton.

Murray appointed Pools boss

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

2:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY has been appointed the new manager of Hartlepool United. 

Sunderland complete Reveillere signing

The Northern Echo:

12:52pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SUNDERLAND have signed French defender Anthony Reveillere on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Only results will make amends insists Sunderland man after refund decision

The Northern Echo: Focused: Sunderland’s Seb Larsson challenges Southampton’s Steven Davis during the 8-0 defeat at St Mary’s

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

SEB LARSSON thinks the collective decision to refund the cost of supporters’ match tickets for the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton was a worthy one, but feels only improved results will truly make amends.

Magpies striker could be honoured in Spain

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED youngster Ayoze Perez might be waiting for his big chance at St James’ Park, but he is in line for an award after his stunning form in Spain last season.

'We are good enough to target the top two' claims defender after Boro set-back

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

6:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014

GEORGE FRIEND has responded to the set-back of losing for the first time since August by admitting that Middlesbrough are targeting a top two spot in the promotion race this season.

Darlington looking to strengthen squad

The Northern Echo: LOOKING TO STRENGTHEN: Darlington manager Martin Gray. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:11am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Darlington are looking to strengthen their wafer-thin squad, manager Martin Gray has revealed, but admits to facing problems when attempting to lure players to the club.

Murray maintains push for finals place

The Northern Echo: STRAIGHT SETS: Andy Murray won in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna

8:52am Thursday 23rd October 2014

David Ferrer and Andy Murray continued their push for a place at next month's ATP Tour Finals in London with opening-round wins at the Valencia Open.

No 'flash stuff' required in Lancaster's England squad

The Northern Echo: Stuart Lancaster (right) alongside Graham Rowntree (left) addresses a press conference at the QBE Office, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 22, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read Jonathan Brady/PA Wi

8:38am Thursday 23rd October 2014

England head coach Stuart Lancaster insists the selection of his fly-halves for next month's QBE Series is based on consistency rather than the "flash stuff".

Martinez believes Lille clashes are vital

The Northern Echo: EUROPA ACTION: Everton manager Roberto Martinez

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez feels his side's double-header against Lille could well prove a "final" in terms of the way Europa League Group H pans out.

Froome may miss 2015 Tour de France

The Northern Echo:

7:56am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Chris Froome may opt out of the 2015 Tour de France and target a Giro d'Italia-Vuelta a Espana double instead.

Quigg to face Otake in world title defence

The Northern Echo: OUR HERO Scott Quigg celebrates his victory which saw him retain his world title

9:55am Thursday 23rd October 2014

SCOTT Quigg will defend his WBA World super-bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake on the undercard of the blockbuster Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month.

Duke Of Navan to make chasing bow after impressing over hurdles

11:08am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DUKE OF NAVAN should be followed when he makes his chasing bow in the Weddings Here At Carlisle Racecourse Beginners’ Chase at the Cumbria venue.

Dynaste to skip Aintree for Haydock Betfair Chase

11:06am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DYNASTE will not run at Aintree on Saturday and will instead head straight to Haydock for the Betfair Chase on November 22.

Memorial service for Grand National winning trainer

11:05am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MEMORIAL service for Grand National-winning trainer Toby Balding will be held at Marlborough College on December 15 at 2pm.

Oscar Whisky 'absolutely bouncing' says trainer

11:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

OWNER Dai Walters says Oscar Whisky is “absolutely bouncing” ahead of his likely return to action in next month’s Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

Real rock Rodgers' Reds

The Northern Echo: Liverpool's Steve Gerrard leaves the field at the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 22, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Martin

11:12pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Real Madrid showed exactly why they are European champions and how far Liverpool have fallen down the pecking order with a 3-0 victory in a display which oozed class at Anfield.

Podolski grabs dramatic late winner

The Northern Echo: THUMBS UP: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski up at the end of his team's Champions League win over Anderlecht

10:31pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Substitute Lukas Podolski netted a dramatic late winner as Arsenal came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and hand manager Arsene Wenger a 65th birthday to remember at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Howarth hits the spot with new Crook record

The Northern Echo: Top man: John Howarth, left, receives his scorecard from Crook captain Sean Lauder after hitting 64

8:32pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD course record was finally broken when John Howarth turned on the style at Crook Golf Club – and he already has his sights on breaking it again.

Fraser from the Fairway: Durham and Yorkshire making changes at the top

The Northern Echo: New role: Jonathan Ward is inn line to become the new secretary of Durham Golf Union

8:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THERE are a few big changes taking place at the top of the county golf scene in Durham and Yorkshire, with the man who helped spearhead the drive to encourage more people to take up golf moving in to another key role.

Murray new favourite for Pools job

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

6:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY, the former Hartlepool United midfielder, was yesterday a big mover in the bookmakers’ market to become the club’s next manager.

Trio of Middlesbrough writers come back to their roots for talk

The Northern Echo: TALKING SPORT: Harry Pearson, the author who wrote 'The Far Corner'

4:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAT trick of North-East football writers will be holding a discussion on the beautiful game and their writing ahead of this Saturday’s Middlesbrough match.

Match Analysis: Accrington 3 Hartlepool United 1

The Northern Echo:

9:19am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT WAS at Accrington Stanley where Hartlepool United emerged from lower league under-performers to promotion contenders. But that was in 2006. It’s a different story in 2014.

Stuart Hall Diary: Sun, sea and a sense of excitement in Monte Carlo

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

STUART Hall takes on Randy Caballero for the IBF World Bantamweight title in Monte Carlo on Saturday, and in the last of his exclusive Northern Echo diaries, the Darlington fighter outlines how his final preparations are going

Road To Rio: North-East rowers among the medals at British Championships

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DURHAM’S Jess Eddie and Richmond’s Zoe Lee teamed up to win two gold medals at last weekend’s British Rowing Championships.

It's still Miller time as Paralympic great eyes Rio Games

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT is 18 years since Stephen Miller won his first Paralympic gold medal in Atlanta, but as he prepares to embark on another gruelling winter training programme, the Cramlington club thrower remains as driven and committed as ever.

Match Facts: Accrington 3 Hartlepool 1

The Northern Echo:

9:22am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Match facts from Hartlepool United's 3-1 loss to Accrington Stanley last night.

We did things the right way - Sir Alex

The Northern Echo: THE RIGHT WAY: Sir Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes weren't followed in the appointment of David Moyes as his successor

11:17am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SIR ALEX FERGUSON insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.

Mourinho not worried about losing striking duo

The Northern Echo: Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho during a press conference at Cobham Training Ground, Surrey

11:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

JOSE MOURINHO insisted he is unfazed at taking Premier League leaders Chelsea to Manchester United on Sunday without injured pair Diego Costa and Loic Remy after the France striker suffered a groin problem in Tuesday night's Champions League thrashing of Maribor.

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