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Boro boss up for manager of the month

The Northern Echo: Top boss: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka (right) also ran Liverpool close at Anfield during this Capital One Cup third round clash

6:02am Thursday 9th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA has been nominated for his first manager of the month award after leading Middlesbrough through an unbeaten September.

Pardew could do with a Capital One gain for Magpies despite Premier League focus

The Northern Echo: Staying quiet: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew decided not to hold a pre-match press conference yesterday

7:39am Wednesday 24th September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED return to action tonight knowing that supporters will be scrutinising the performance at Selhurst Park more closely because of the club’s policy not to make domestic cup competitions a priority.

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough): Thursday, July 24

The Northern Echo:

7:28pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

There is a new name in the frame to become Alan Pardew’s next signing. A new day, a different player; this time the England youth international Eric Dier.

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough): Friday, July 11

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 11th July 2014

ARSENAL have confirmed the arrival of Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £30m from Barcelona and Mathieu Debuchy will soon follow suit.

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough): Tuesday, July 8

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

ANOTHER transfer window, another Jelle Vossen story. A bit like Sunderland being linked with Robbie Keane constantly over the years or Jermain Defoe possibly heading to Newcastle United, Mr Vossen has been on Middlesbrough's radar for the last two years.

England's problems are not surprising, but there are positives

8:31pm Friday 20th June 2014

AS England warmed up for the World Cup with a couple of friendlies in Miami earlier this month, everyone had an opinion on how Roy Hodgson’s men would perform in Brazil.

World Cup Insider - ITV's early problems but viewers still tune in

12:28pm Friday 13th June 2014

THE ITV crew on the Copacabana beach were targeted by protestors on opening night of the finals – raising fears that they will continue.

World Cup winner sees shades of '66

The Northern Echo: The 'away' strip mirrors that worn by the World Cup-winning squad of 1966

10:30am Thursday 12th June 2014

WORLD Cup winner Roger Hunt believes similarities can be drawn between England’s current crop and his teammates who lifted the trophy in 1966.

Dimi is not alone after horrible bobble

9:31am Sunday 23rd March 2014

DIMI KONSTANTOPOULOS will have nightmares for weeks after the horrible moment in the dying seconds of Middlesbrough's defeat to Queens Park Rangers at the Riverside Stadium.

Gibson's new direction needs to work straightaway at Boro

8:56pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

FIRST there was Bryan Robson, then Steve McClaren. Terry Venables even had a little shot in between, while Gareth Southgate, Gordon Strachan and local hero Tony Mowbray all had a stint in charge at the Riverside Stadium.

Brave decision to sack Di Canio, but is it right?

12:14am Monday 23rd September 2013

FOR six months Sunderland have been in the spotlight. Rightly or wrongly, for whatever reason, Paolo Di Canio was box office.

Tuesday Topic: Di Canio needs results - and quickly

The Northern Echo: TOUGH BEGINNING: Paolo Di Canio insists it will take time to see the fruits of his Sunderland labour. He’s recorded just two wins from 11 Premier League games so far since his arrival

12:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013

AFTER a third defeat in four Premier league games this season, Sunderland already find themselves cut adrift and propping up the rest of the division. Regardless of what Paolo Di Canio has said – and there has been plenty – it was not supposed to be that way.

Tuesday topic: Remy just right for Magpies, but who's next?

The Northern Echo: TRANSFER TALKS: Joe Kinnear

8:00am Tuesday 6th August 2013

AFTER flying in to Newcastle United’s Benton training complex, Loic Remy disappeared through the entrance doors before putting the finishing touches to a season-long loan move to St James’ Park last night. Eight months after he was on the brink of a move to Tyneside, the Magpies have finally landed their man.

Tuesday topic: Boro in desperate need of help before big kick-off

The Northern Echo: WAITING FOR A BREAKTHROUGH: Boro boss Tony Mowbray has only made two summer signings to date

8:00am Tuesday 30th July 2013

Tony Mowbray has made no secret of a desire to bring in new players and work will continue up until Saturday’s Championship curtain-raiser with Leicester City. Chief football writer Paul Fraser examines how Middlesbrough are shaping up for the new campaign

Venturing in to football's great unknown - but can it succeed on Tyne & Wear

10:24am Tuesday 18th June 2013

OVER the course of the last nine days, the North-East's Premier League clubs have taken a similar route. For the first time, Newcastle United and Sunderland have both put a director of football in place in the hope of taking the club forward.

Hard to expect much from region's big three next season either

12:49pm Monday 20th May 2013

ANOTHER season is over and there will not be a Newcastle United, Sunderland or Middlesbrough fan out there disappointed about that.

Why have Pardew's Newcastle dropped so low?

The Northern Echo: NEWCASTLE BOSS: Tony Mowbray

9:00am Tuesday 30th April 2013

WHEN Alan Pardew thinks of last season, he will remember being awarded manager of the year by both the League Managers' Association and the Premier League's sponsor, Barclays.

Liverpool should keep hold of Suarez

10:47am Tuesday 23rd April 2013

IT would be all too easy for Liverpool to sell Luis Suarez. With 23 goals in the Premier League this season and his five assists, he is one of the hottest attacking talents in football and his sale would bring in more than £40m.

Pardew primed for crucial week with Magpies

5:00am Saturday 6th April 2013

ONE of the biggest weeks of his two-and-a-half year reign was how Alan Pardew described Newcastle United's up-coming three matches and he thinks Thursday night's defeat in Portugal will galvanise his group to attack the period with vigour.

Europa League diary - Lisbon

12:50pm Friday 5th April 2013

WALKING around the Estadio da Luz during the last couple of days was a former Hartlepool United manager and Newcastle coach very familiar with the area.

Paul Fraser's Postcard from Portugal

The Northern Echo: The Di Canio story makes it into the Portuguese press

10:37am Thursday 4th April 2013

LISBON is not a new city for a North-East club to visit. Not only did Newcastle United visit in 2005 in the UEFA Cup, both Middlesbrough and Sunderland have had trips to the Portuguese capital in the past too.

O'Neill goes: Strange timing, but right decision?

10:41pm Saturday 30th March 2013

THE worries have been increasing, the gap to the Premier League's bottom three reducing. But did Sunderland fans really think the man they always wanted in charge was going to go?

It's time for change at Boro to keep promotion push alive

The Northern Echo: Tony Mowbray

7:00am Thursday 7th March 2013

AN EIGHTH defeat of the calendar year has seen Middlesbrough drop down to their lowest league placing since October. A season promising so much before the turn of the year is suddenly in serious danger of ending in failure.

Could Danny ever become Wearside's golden Graham?

The Northern Echo: BOO BOY: Graham has not been put off moving to Sunderland, despite the reception he received on Tuesday when playing for Swansea

1:04pm Wednesday 30th January 2013

GIVEN the reception Danny Graham received from a large section of Sunderland supporters on Tuesday night, it's safe to assume what is written below will not please everyone on Wearside.

Magpies need Coloccini to shine

1:16pm Saturday 12th January 2013

BY Fabricio Coloccini's high standards, his performances for Newcastle United this season have not been as consistent as supporters had come to expect.

Magpies need to find quick end to Ba mess

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE? Demba Ba scores during Saturday's defeat at Arsenal

2:59pm Monday 31st December 2012

HAVEN'T we been here before? With the winter transfer window ready to open, the mention of a certain clause in Demba Ba's contract has managed to cause a stir. Again.

Downing interest shows progress under Mowbray

The Northern Echo: LOCAL HERO: Stewart Downing

11:47am Thursday 22nd November 2012

MIDDLESBROUGH and Liverpool may not have done a deal for Stewart Downing to arrive on loan before the end of November. The mere fact he was willing to consider a drop in to the Championship is an indication of the turnaround under Tony Mowbray.

How does Ibrahimovic's goal fare against the greatest goals of all time?

The Northern Echo: Sensational Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring the third of his four goals in last night's 4-2 win against England

5:43pm Thursday 15th November 2012

ZLATAN Ibrahimovic's incredible overhead kick was one of those moments that will never be forgotten in football. Few players have the ability never mind the audacity to try such a shot, but the Sweden striker did on Wednesday night against England.

SPOTLIGHT: Why has it gone so badly wrong for Sunderland?

10:00am Saturday 10th November 2012

WHETHER it was intentional or instinctive, Martin O'Neill applauded some of Sunderland's attacking moves during last Saturday's defeat to Aston Villa. Given the shallow nature of some Black Cats displays, he could have been forgiven had he been sarcastic.

Gabby goal piles misery on Sunderland

4:57pm Saturday 3rd November 2012

THESE are frustrating times on Wearside and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor pounced to further dampen the mood with a second half winner at the Stadium of Light.

Derby time ... let's remember the football

5:35pm Friday 19th October 2012

IT'S almost derby time again. On Thursday, at the Academy of Light, Martin O'Neill was in good form, delivering jokes in a way only Martin O'Neill can and he helped set the tone for Sunday's latest Tyne & Wear match-up.

Newcastle entitled to head in to £32m Wonga deal

12:33pm Wednesday 10th October 2012

INSIDE the media room at Newcastle United's training ground on Tuesday, the club's managing director Derek Llambias sat proudly in front of a new advertising board. Alongside the famous club crest was the now infamous Wonga logo.

Johnson move can relight his career

11:29am Saturday 25th August 2012

AT first glance it could be argued Adam Johnson is turning his back on another season pushing for the Premier League title. He could also have ended up winning the Champions League.

Johnson deal would be huge for Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Adam Johnson

9:20pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

IT'S little wonder there are so many clubs weighing up how strongly to move for Adam Johnson .

Sunderland needed a striker - and have got one

The Northern Echo: NEW SIGNING: Louis Saha

9:57pm Thursday 16th August 2012

SUNDERLAND needed a striker and they have got one in the shape of Louis Saha.

Signs are promising after Boro start with a win

5:13pm Sunday 12th August 2012

A WEEK before football in the English league begins and Middlesbrough opened up their new campaign by progressing through to the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Carroll needs to have future sorted quickly

10:06pm Sunday 15th July 2012

IT would be an absolute masterstroke if Newcastle United could pull off a loan move for Liverpool's Andy Carroll.

Time for the Magpies to secure defender deal

8:20pm Sunday 8th July 2012

THERE'S a feeling across Europe that Tottenham have signed a new centre-back with the potential to become one of the best in the Premier League in Jan Vertonghen.

Woodgate move is a sign of Boro's ambition

11:26am Friday 6th July 2012

THERE may not be too much money flying around for Tony Mowbray to invest in his Middlesbrough squad, but the move for Jonathan Woodgate has the potential to make up for that.

Plenty to be positive about for England

9:36pm Monday 25th June 2012

ANOTHER finals over, another failure on penalties for England. But beneath the frustration, it's worth remembering Roy Hodgson had just a few weeks with these players to implement his tactics.

European clubs wary of Magpies magic as Black Cats stay quiet

5:16pm Tuesday 19th June 2012

A COUPLE of bids totalling £12m inside 24 hours for two players offers up an indication that Newcastle United are trying to help Alan Pardew add to his squad.

Reasons to be optimistic for England fans

The Northern Echo: DECENT START: England boss Roy Hodgson

8:00am Wednesday 13th June 2012

AFTER three matches in charge and just ten training sessions, Roy Hodgson has successfully masterminded his first point in competitive football as England manager.

Where should North-East clubs turn for deals?

1:06pm Wednesday 30th May 2012

NEWCASTLE UNITED confirmed their first summer signing last week, Middlesbrough followed it up on Tuesday by finalising Grant Leadbitter's return to the North-East and there is a sense of more to come.

Where will O'Neill turn this summer?

3:14pm Monday 7th May 2012

THERE'S a sense of expectation on Wearside ahead of Martin O'Neill's first summer in charge.

You can't write off Manchester United now

3:00pm Monday 12th March 2012

TEN matches remaining and there is a familiar look about the top of the Premier League. Manchester United are there – again.

Boro's class of '04 - where are they now?

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson celebrates with players after the team's victory over Bolton in the Carling Cup

8:00am Saturday 25th February 2012

This weekend marks the eighth anniversary of Middlesbrough's Carling Cup success in 2004, but Wednesday will be the achievement's second official anniversary. Chief football writer Paul Fraser caught up with key defender Ugo Ehiogu to find out what has been going on since.

Surely McClean worth letting out of the Irish Trap

The Northern Echo: James McClean

5:28pm Friday 10th February 2012

THERE was a notable absentee when Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad for the Republic of Ireland's friendly with the Czech Republic at the end of the month.

Kenny Johnson: A club legend and a gentleman

2:21pm Friday 30th December 2011

TO Hartlepool United's fans he was the club's record goalscorer. To many of the town's budding young footballers during the 70s, 80s and 90s, he was someone intent on making you a better player.

Tiote would be a difficult man to replace

6:11pm Friday 16th December 2011

IT'S said that Cheik Tiote is worth £25m.

Bruce had a good squad short of a striker

The Northern Echo: QUICK RESPONSE: Steve Bruce is looking to tonight's cup tie with Brighton for quick response to Saturday's derby defeat.

11:37am Thursday 1st December 2011

AFTER two-and-a-half years in charge, a poor start to this season and inconsistent results, Steve Bruce paid the price for a lack of progress.

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