Karanka's taste of English football could alter Boro transfer plans

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

AFTER experiencing the full force of the Championship in his first six months in charge at the Riverside Stadium, Aitor Karanka is ready to have a rethink when it comes to Middlesbrough’s recruitment plans.

Johnson looks for home comforts to finally boost Sunderland's survival chances

The Advertiser Series: KEY PLAYER: Adam Johnson celebrates after Fabio Borini put Sunderland 1-0 up last week against Newcastle. The winger’s form is one of the factors in the Black Cats’ improved form

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

ADAM JOHNSON thinks Sunderland can head in to this weekend’s crucial relegation encounter at the Stadium of Light boosted to know Cardiff City will have to go on the attack.

Former Newcastle players pay tribute to Joe Harvey but when will there be a trophy repeat

6:00am Friday 25th April 2014

ON a day when players of yesteryear gathered beneath the Gallowgate End to pay tribute to the last Newcastle United manager to lead the club to a major trophy, the captain of that Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winning team still struggles understand why it has taken so long to repeat.

Darlington defender Hunter could play higher

The Advertiser Series: NEW SIGNING: Chris Hunter

9:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

After a highly impressive first season with Darlington, Chris Hunter has displayed the potential to play higher up the football ladder.

Bardsley's future is still unclear

The Advertiser Series: FITNESS FIRST: Phil Bardsley is working on his fitness

8:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

WEST HAM and Aston Villa are monitoring Phil Bardsley’s situation at Sunderland after head coach Gus Poyet admitted the defender would be leaving the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.

Dimi insists Karanka has proven he is the right man to lead Boro

The Advertiser Series: WELL SAVED: Brighton’s Jesse Lingard and Jake Forster-Caskey are denied by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has been told not to blame himself for Middlesbrough's inability to rise to the occasion this week, with Dimi Konstantopoulos claiming the Spanish boss is ideal to lead the club to more exciting times next season.

Newcastle ready to move on Portugal in bid to strengthen

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle ready to move on Portugal in bid to strengthen

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED are focusing attentions on Portugal this summer after a run of form which has exposed a lack of depth in the squad which many feared would prove costly at the start of the season.

Pools boss Cooper looking towards next year

The Advertiser Series: Colin Cooper

11:43am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

JOB done, of sorts, and Colin Cooper is ready to put his plans in order for next season.

Poyet to provide loan star Borini with glowing report

The Advertiser Series: RETURN TO BRIGHTON? Gus Poyet

11:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GUS POYET is hoping Fabio Borini adds to his growing catalogue of big-match goals in the final four games of the season, and has revealed he would recommend the attacker to any club in Europe.

Darlington announce ticket arrangements for Evo-Stik Division One North play-off semi final

The Advertiser Series: Darlington FC

11:39am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TICKETS for Darlington's play-off semi-final will go on sale to season ticket holders on Wednesday night.

Ameobi set for talks over future - with some senior Newcastle figures wanting him to stay

The Advertiser Series: MATCH-WINNER: Magpies hero Shola Ameobi heads for goal during last night’s win

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SHOLA AMEOBI will discuss his Newcastle United future at the end of the season – with some influential figures at the club pushing for him to be offered a new short-term deal.

Match report: Reading 2 Middlesbrough 0

The Advertiser Series: IT’SMY FAULT: Aitor Karanka

10:50pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AITOR KARANKA last night blamed himself for failing to give Middlesbrough's players the lift required to prevent back-to-back defeats in the final two weeks of the Championship season.

Newcastle's development squad claim Northumberland Senior Cup crown

The Advertiser Series: Football Team Logo for Newcastle United

9:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S development squad claimed the Northumberland Senior Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Blyth Spartans in front of more than 1,200 spectators at St James' Park.

Team news: Boro make four changes for Royal test

7:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has made four changes to the Middlesbrough starting line-up for tonight's trip to play-off chasing Reading.

Match Analysis: Wakefield 1 Darlington 5

The Advertiser Series: BAGGED A BRACE: Adam Mitchell scored twice as Darlington beat Wakefield 5-1 yesterday

9:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Adam Mitchell played his way into contention for a starting spot in the play-offs after a starring role Darlington’s 5-1 demolition of Wakefield.

Woodgate thinks the Karanka approach will benefit Boro next season

The Advertiser Series: MOVING FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE: Skipper Jonathan Woodgate

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JONATHAN WOODGATE has attempted to ease the disappointment of missing out on a play-off place by insisting Middlesbrough will be right in the promotion mix under Aitor Karanka next season.

Cattermole: 'Stamford Bridge celebrations were finished within a minute'

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7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LEE CATTERMOLE has revealed that Sunderland's post-match celebrations at Stamford Bridge were curtailed within a minute as the squad immediately set their sights on Sunday's potential relegation decider against Cardiff City.

Cisse could miss start of pre-season after injuring his knee

The Advertiser Series: Papiss Cisse had refused to wear the logo of club sponsors Wonga on his shirt

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PAPISS CISSE could miss the start of pre-season training after breaking his kneecap in Newcastle United's 2-1 defeat to Swansea at the weekend.

Match Analysis: Hartlepool United 2 Morecambe 1

The Advertiser Series: Pools' Darren Holden and Morecambe's Shaun Beeley.

8:21pm Monday 21st April 2014

RUNNING out of time, and games, with their Football League future in grave danger, Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper gambled.

Home sweet home for Darlington in play-offs

The Advertiser Series: SUPPORT PLEA: Amar Purewal on the attack during Quakers’ game last Saturday, when the attendance was 1,133 – one of the lowest in the club’s 26 league games at Heritage Park

9:00am Monday 21st April 2014

Darlington will have home advantage in the play-off semi-final a week on Wednesday, plus the final if they get there, as second place is now secure with two league games to complete.

What Cooper said: the Hartlepool United manager's press conference in full

The Advertiser Series: Colin Cooper

7:30am Monday 21st April 2014

COLIN Cooper emerged from the dressing room on Saturday at 5.25pm. He made it clear he was only talking about Monday’s game and would not discuss the performance at Burton. He took six questions from the club’s press officer for a video interview for the club website, turning down the opportunity to speak to The Northern Echo, Hartlepool Mail or BBC Tees, before leaving. Here is his interview in full.

Match Analysis: Newcastle United 1 Swansea City 2

The Advertiser Series: NO LUCK: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

SO the wait is finally over for a goal, but the wait for a win doesn’t look like ending anytime soon.

Karanka looks to next season after admitting Boro's play-off dream has died

The Advertiser Series: LATE AGONY: Two injury-time goals cost Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough side a point against Queens Park Rangers, the first coming after an error by goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has finally given up on a play-off place and has challenged his Middlesbrough players to gain strength from this season's inability to climb in to the top six.

Poyet admits Cardiff game will almost certainly decide Sunderland's Premier League fate

The Advertiser Series: FOCUS: Sunderland chief Gus Poyet

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

GUSTAVO POYET admits Sunday's game with Cardiff City will almost certainly decide Sunderland's Premier League fate, and has urged his players to recreate the spirit of Saturday's sensational win at Chelsea when they entertain their relegation rivals at the Stadium of Light.

Match Analysis: Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2

The Advertiser Series: BIG WIN: Jack Colback tracks Ramires during Sunderland's 2-1 win over Chelsea

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

WHEN Sunderland lost at Tottenham at the start of the month, Gustavo Poyet talked of needing a “miracle” to have any chance of Premier League survival. How apt then that his players chose the Easter weekend to enact the most remarkable of rebirths

Top-ten failure would be damaging, admits Pardew

The Advertiser Series: FACE IN THE CROWD: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew appears displeased as he watches his side lose 4-0 for the second game in a row

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew has admitted failure to secure a top-ten finish would be damaging for the club going into a summer of uncertainty.

Match analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

The Advertiser Series: SPANISH INFLUENCE: Jonathan Woodgate

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A QUICK glance towards the Championship table will leave Middlesbrough fans, players and coaching staff wondering what might have been.

MATCH ANALYSIS: It's a three-game relegation shoot-out for Hartlepool United

7:40am Monday 21st April 2014

THE last time Hartlepool United left Burton they were heading into one of their biggest games in many a year.


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 Advertiser Series: 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

The Advertiser Series: AT A STRETCH: Darlington’s Amar Purewal keeps the ball in play. The friendly with Sunderland at Heritage Park was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch

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 Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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.

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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Wickham's time has come, says Black Cats boss

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Poyet has every faith in Mannone

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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.”

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

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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.

Chelsea defender can be Premier League gem says Boro boss

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series:

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.

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