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Central role/ Cristhian Stuani gets in to good positions wherever he plays

Kike or Cristhian Stuani? Who should replace David Nugent in the Middlesbrough attack

Cup holder: Paul Fraser with the Capital One Cup when it visited the Echo yesterday

Can either Boro or Everton get as close as the Echo have to the Capital One Cup this season?

Positive: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka likes Harry Chapman and the club’s young guns

Promising Harry Chapman has to be patient admits Aitor Karanka even though Boro boy 'has everything'

Well liked: Roy Keane during his Sunderland days

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

Emotional: England's Josanne Potter, left, consoles Laura Bassett after the team's 2-1 loss to Japan

Top 6 rivals to Laura Bassett for costliest own goal of all time

Axed: John Carver

Unfortunate Carver had to go for McClaren's methods to work at Newcastle

SPOTLIGHT: Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley in his role as behaviour manager at St Peter's school in Middlesbrough. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (21734244)

Promotion would make Moors boss Ainsley top of the class

At the Palace: Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has gone from Newcastle but is not forgotten

Top twenty: Newcastle's St James' Park might not have Champions League football but has financial clout

Newcastle and Sunderland named in football rich list's top 30

Staying: Patrick Bamford has scored goals for Middlesbrough but there is interest in him

What issues do Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool face in January?

What next? Alan Pardew knew how to work under Mike Ashley at Newcastle

Pardew's Palace move does not guarantee brighter times on Tyneside

DERBY HERO: Sunderland's Adam Johnson is the latest Tyne-Wear derby hero after his late winner made it four wins in a row over rivals Newcastle

Who is the greatest Tyne-Wear derby player ever?

Celebration: Jozy Altidore hit the net in the Capital One Cup this season

Jozy Altidore may need to leave Sunderland to save his career

Top talent: Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates scoring the equalising goal against Tottenham in September

Sunderland boss wants to go back in time with former Manchester City and Boro man Johnson

TOP BOSS: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka (right) also ran Liverpool close at Anfield during this Capital One Cup third round clash

Boro boss up for manager of the month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

England players sporting a similar kit to that of '66

World Cup winner sees shades of '66


Dimi is not alone after horrible bobble

Gibson's new direction needs to work straightaway at Boro

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

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

Tuesday Topic: Di Canio needs results - and quickly


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

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

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


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

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


Why have Pardew's Newcastle dropped so low?


Liverpool should keep hold of Suarez

Pardew primed for crucial week with Magpies

Europa League diary - Lisbon

The Di Canio story makes it into the Portuguese press

Paul Fraser's Postcard from Portugal

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

Boro boss Tony Mowbray

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

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

Could Danny ever become Wearside's golden Graham?


Magpies need Coloccini to shine

ON THE MOVE? Demba Ba scores during Saturday's defeat at Arsenal

Magpies need to find quick end to Ba mess

Stewart Downing

Downing interest shows progress under Mowbray

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

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


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

Gabby goal piles misery on Sunderland

Derby time ... let's remember the football

Newcastle entitled to head in to £32m Wonga deal


Johnson move can relight his career

WHERE WILL HE GO? Adam Johnson

Johnson deal would be huge for Sunderland


Sunderland needed a striker - and have got one

Signs are promising after Boro start with a win

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