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2:25pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Keep up to date with all of the action from the North-East's clubs this afternoon as it happens

Six of the worst for free-falling Pools

9:40pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Hartlepool United slumped to a sixth successive defeat - increasing fears of dropping out of the Football League.

Match Report: Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2

The Northern Echo: Football Team Logo for Sunderland

7:29pm Saturday 19th April 2014

SUNDERLAND'S survival bid received a massive boost as they became the first side to beat a Chelsea team managed by Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge

Quakers seal play-off home advantage

5:39pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Darlington 3 Farsley 0

Match Report: Newcastle 1 Swansea City 2

5:04pm Saturday 19th April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED’S losing streak stretched to five games after Wilfried Bony’s stoppage time penalty earned Swansea City a vital 2-1 win at St James’ Park.

Match report: Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

4:59pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Full-time: Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

Delighted Gray to build on Thompson’s new deal

The Northern Echo: TOP MAN: Stephen Thompson

9:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Darlington intend to build a team around Stephen Thompson after the forward committed his future to the club by signing a new contract.

We've proven there was more to our good work than just luck says Boro boss

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks he has proven there was more to Middlesbrough's winning habit either side of the New Year than just the luck of the hamster.

Karanka satisfied with Boro progress under his watch

The Northern Echo: SMART MOVER: Aitor Karanka says Boro need to be intelligent when bringing player in

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

DURING the six months Aitor Karanka has been in charge, he has overseen 27 fixtures as Middlesbrough's head coach.

End of season frustrations increases Cooper's desire to succeed at Pools

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

IT is hard to imagine that only three weeks ago Hartlepool United were sitting within touching distance of a play-off place and now Colin Cooper is searching for a Bank Holiday boost to eradicate relegation fears.

Pardew is aware of his unpopularity - but is determined to win the Newcastle supporters around

The Northern Echo: MAKING JANUARY PLANS: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew won't be as busy as he was 12 months ago

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ALAN PARDEW is determined to rebuild his fractured relationship with Newcastle United supporters, even though he accepts that a majority of the home fans in St James' Park this afternoon want him removed from his position.

Wickham's time has come, says Black Cats boss

The Northern Echo: BACK IN CONTENTION: After a loan at leeds United, striker Connor Wickham has been recalled to the Stadium of Light and he started Wednesday’s defeat to Liverpool

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

HE arrived as a 18-year-old with the expectation of an £8m price tag on his shoulders, but three years later Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet finally believes it is Connor Wickham’s time.

NEWCASTLE ANALYSIS: Pardew faces up to his critics as the discontent in the St James' Park stands continues to rise

The Northern Echo: NOT HAPPY: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew last night saw his defenders ship three first-half goals at Goodison Park – and he has had enough of mistakes in his back four

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

EARLIER this week, Alan Pardew stopped to allow a young boy to have his photograph taken standing next to his car. As he wound down his window to pose for a picture, he spotted a sticker on the youngster's jacket. It said, “Pardew Out”. Such is the current way of things at Newcastle United.

Poyet has every faith in Mannone

The Northern Echo: RETURN TO BRIGHTON? Gus Poyet

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

GUS POYET is confident Vito Mannone will bounce back from his error against Manchester City and insists the goalkeeper is in the right frame of mind going into this afternoon’s trip to Chelsea.

Chelsea defender can be Premier League gem says Boro boss

The Northern Echo: ONE OF YOU: Jozsef Varga and Kenneth Omeruo go for the same ball during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ipswich Town

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks Kenneth Omeruo can be a Premier League star of the future, but the Middlesbrough boss is determined to have the Chelsea youngster back at the Riverside next season regardless of the division.

Cooper wants to steer Pools to safety before focusing on next season

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

COLIN COOPER believes his players can lift Hartlepool United away from relegation danger over Easter so he can press ahead with plans for next season.

Pardew still upbeat on the prospects of signing Remy on a permanent deal

The Northern Echo: SALUTE: Newcastle United’s match-winner Loic Remy celebrates scoring in the 92nd minute against Aston Villa at St James’ Park

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ALAN PARDEW maintains there is still a “good chance” of Loic Remy making a permanent move to Newcastle United this summer.

Wickham: 'We're fighters not losers - and we haven't given up hope'

The Northern Echo: LEVELLING IT UP: Connor Wickham runs away to celebrate after making it 2-2 last night

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

SUNDERLAND'S players continue to believe they can pull off an unlikely Premier League survival bid, with striker Connor Wickham insisting: “We are fighters, not losers.”

Newcastle Press Conference Update: Pardew insists Ben Arfa has a St James' Park future

The Northern Echo: COME IN NUMBER TEN: Newcastle fans are clamouring for the return of Hatem Ben Arfa to the team but manager Alan Pardew is far from convinced that the midfielder deserves a starting berth

1:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ALAN PARDEW insists Hatem Ben Arfa still has a future at Newcastle United, and claims his recent talks with the French midfielder have been nothing out of the ordinary.

Pools hoping bumper crowd can cheer team to safety

The Northern Echo: NO PANIC: Colin Cooper

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED and Colin Cooper are hoping Victoria Park on Monday will be a happy and content place.

Smallwood confident he still has a Riverside future after Middlesbrough extend his deal

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

RICHIE SMALLWOOD is ready to fight for a place in Middlesbrough's first team next season after revealing the club have taken up the option of extending his contract to 2015.

Taylor determined to end season in the side as decisions over his Newcastle United future loom

The Northern Echo: BACK IN ACTION: Steven Taylor is determined to remain in the Newcastle side after returning to the starting line-up at Stoke City last weekend

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

WITH four games of the season remaining, it feels as though some Newcastle United players have already switched off for the summer. For Steven Taylor, however, it could be argued that the campaign has only really just begun.

Martinez and Everton are hurting after Palace loss

The Northern Echo: PUSH OVERS: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis, right, alongside Everton boss Roberto Martinez

10:55am Thursday 17th April 2014

Final score: Everton 2 Crystal Palace 3

Poyet hopes Sunderland's Etihad spirit propels them to an unlikely great escape

The Northern Echo: Gus Poyet could be returning to te Amex

11:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

IT might have ended in the heartbreak of an 89th-minute concession, but Gustavo Poyet is hoping last night's 2-2 draw at Manchester City inspires a rousing revival that could yet carry Sunderland to safety.

Match Analysis: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2

The Northern Echo: Match Analysis: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2

9:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WHAT is it about Manchester and calamitous goalkeeping errors?

Vergini and Larsson return for Sunderland at Man City

The Northern Echo: Football Team Logo for Sunderland

7:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SANTIAGO VERGINI and Seb Larsson return to Sunderland's starting line-up for this evening's Premier League game at Manchester City.

Poyet will not quit Sunderland - but he will demand some major changes in end-of-season meeting with Short

The Northern Echo: BLACK CATS BOSS: Gus Poyet faces an uphill struggle to keep Sunderland in the Premiership next season

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

GUSTAVO POYET insists he will not walk out on Sunderland – but the Black Cats boss is set to deliver some damning home truths in a crucial end-of-season debrief with the club's owner, Ellis Short.

Poyet is willing to help Cats rebuild

The Northern Echo: THE GAME IS UP: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet contemplating life in the Championship

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

HAVING been suspended in acrimonious circumstances at Brighton, Gustavo Poyet knows exactly how it feels to lose his job.

Wake up Pools – Walton

The Northern Echo: RUN IN THE TEAM: Simon Walton

10:01am Wednesday 16th April 2014

RIGHT now, there’s no margin for complacency and Hartlepool United’s players need to jump into action in a flash, insists Simon Walton.

Key duo ready to make Newcastle return

The Northern Echo: WANTED MAN: Loic Remy is on loan from QPR to Newcastle and Alan Pardew would love to keep him long-term

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

LOIC REMY and Mathieu Debuchy are finally expected to make their return from injury when Newcastle United entertain Swansea City on Saturday.

Karanka feels strong finish will set Middlesbrough up for next season

The Northern Echo: Aitor Karanka at Vicarage Road today. Picture: Action Images

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA claims Middlesbrough's strong finish to the current campaign will give them the best possible chance of succeeding next season – whether they make it to the play-offs or not.

Giroud praised for his touch of class

The Northern Echo: TAKING THE PLAUDITS: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal last night

10:05am Wednesday 16th April 2014

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger hailed the ‘‘perfect touch’’ of striker Olivier Giroud after his sublime finish and a double from Lukas Podolski gave the FA Cup finalists a 3-1 win over West Ham to move back up into the top four of the Premier League.

Gateshead draw to remain in Conference play-off places

The Northern Echo: Local football

9:51pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

GATESHEAD maintained their Conference play-off push with a hard-fought goalless draw at promotion rivals Braintree Town.

Momentum is vital for Darlington

The Northern Echo: ACHIEVING HIS GOALS: Martin Gray

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

With three league games to play, Darlington manager Martin Gray admits building momentum to take into the play-offs is crucial to Quakers' promotion hopes.

Pardew won't give in to fan pressure

The Northern Echo: COME IN NUMBER TEN: Newcastle fans are clamouring for the return of Hatem Ben Arfa to the team but manager Alan Pardew is far from convinced that the midfielder deserves a starting berth

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

UNDER-FIRE Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will not cave in to pressure and play Hatem Ben Arfa, despite coming under fire from supporters for not starting the creative midfielder.

Black Cats midfielder hasn't given up yet

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Lee Cattermole scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 7, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THEY are without a league win since February 1, but Lee Cattermole insists Sunderland have not written off getting a shock result at Manchester City tomorrow.

Sign me up - contract hopes for keeper Konstantopoulos after stellar Middlesbrough form

The Northern Echo: OUT OF CONTRACT: Boro keeper Konstantopoulos

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

DIMI KONSTANTOPOULOS hopes that his fine form for Middlesbrough will earn him a new contract at the end of the season.

Gerrard deserves title – Flanagan

The Northern Echo: BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jon Flanagan says Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard deserves to win the Premier League title

9:50am Tuesday 15th April 2014

LIVERPOOL defender Jon Flanagan believes no one deserves a league title more than captain Steven Gerrard.

WSL pair crash out of FA Women's Cup

The Northern Echo: NO COMPLAINTS: Durham Women head coach Rob Atkin saw his side lose 2-1 to Portsmouth

12:27pm Monday 14th April 2014

DURHAM and Sunderland crashed out of the FA Women’s Cup after defeats to Portsmouth and Liverpool on Sunday.

Gray happy to have Purewal back on form

The Northern Echo: MY BALL: Padiham centre-back Martin Parkes climbs above Quakers’ Stephen Thompson

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

After an 11-game drought, during which time a new striker was brought to the club, Darlington's Amar Purewal made a timely return to form by bagging a brace on Saturday.

Cooper: It's now a three-week shoot-out

The Northern Echo: ON TARGET: Luke James puts Hartlepool ahead but the joy was shortlived as Chesterfield came back to win 2-1

8:10am Monday 14th April 2014

COLIN COOPER is calling for spirit and “big hearts and minds” in his Hartlepool United squad.

Match analysis: Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

The Northern Echo: POWERING FORWARD: Middlesbrough goalscorer Jacob Butterfield is chased down by Burnley's David Jones

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

WHEN Aitor Karanka took charge of Middlesbrough in November of 2013, the Spaniard inherited a side five points off the bottom three of the Championship with only three wins to its name.

Match analysis: Hartlepool United 1 Chesterfield 2

The Northern Echo: MOMENT OF DESPAIR: Hartlepool players are dejected after Chesterfield net their winning goal

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

IT WAS around 5.25pm on Saturday when it was first confirmed. Five defeats in a row for Hartlepool United, the latest to Chesterfield at Victoria Park, and Simon Walton fronted up.

Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

The Northern Echo: Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

JONATHAN WOODGATE revealed that his Middlesbrough teammates had not practised playing the 3-5-2 formation in the run-up to Saturday’s victory at Burnley.

Pardew fears for his position - but the axe is unlikely to fall

The Northern Echo: OUCH FROM CROUCH: Stoke's high-stepping striker Peter Crouch gives Newcastle's Mike Williamson a headache

7:00am Monday 14th April 2014

ALAN PARDEW has conceded he no longer feels safe in his position – but Mike Ashley has no immediate plans to dismiss the embattled Newcastle United boss.

Match Analysis: Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 0

The Northern Echo: HEADS FIRST: Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross, top, and Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi battle for the ball

7:00am Monday 14th April 2014

IN his 14-year career as a Newcastle United player, Shola Ameobi has seen more than his fair share of crises

Match analysis: Sunderland 0 Everton 1

The Northern Echo: OH NO: Wes Brown looks to the heavens for help after netting the own goal which gave Everton victory

6:00am Monday 14th April 2014

THERE is a strange sense of acceptance around the Stadium of Light these days that Sunderland's seven year Premier League stay is over.

Poyet keen to find why Sunderland continue to struggle year after year

The Northern Echo: THE GAME IS UP: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet contemplating life in the Championship

6:00am Monday 14th April 2014

AN HONEST Gustavo Poyet fears Sunderland's problems are far more deep-rooted than the recent failings of his own six month reign and he is determined to find a solution on Wearside.

Accusation by Billingham over Benfield penalty celebrations

The Northern Echo: CLEARANCE: Billingham’s Steven Huggins gets a toe to the ball in the game against Bishop Auckland

10:41am Monday 14th April 2014

NEWCASTLE Benfield manager Steve Bowey defended his decision to allow his keeper to take a penalty after Billingham Town accused them of a lack of respect in their 5-0 victory in the Ebac Northern League First Division on Saturday.

Pressure is on Arsenal, warns Bruce

The Northern Echo: ON TARGET: Tom Huddlestone

10:23am Monday 14th April 2014

NO sooner had Hull secured a place in their first ever FA Cup final that manager Steve Bruce began the mind games, insisting “all the pressure’’ will be on Arsenal when they return to Wembley next month.



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