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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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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 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 is willing to help Cats rebuild

The Advertiser Series: 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.

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

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Wake up Pools – Walton

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Karanka feels strong finish will set Middlesbrough up for next season

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Key duo ready to make Newcastle return

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Momentum is vital for Darlington

The Advertiser Series: 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 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

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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Gray happy to have Purewal back on form

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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: Hartlepool United 1 Chesterfield 2

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Match analysis: Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

North-East Football Live: Saturday, April 12

The Advertiser Series:

5:53pm Friday 11th April 2014

The Northern Echo sportsdesk brings you live updates from all of Saturday's North-East matches. Get involved on Twitter by using the hashtag #echosport.

Purewal brace wins points for Quakers

The Advertiser Series: GOAL HERO: Amar Purewal scored twice for Quakers

6:54pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Darlington 3 Padiham 0

Five defeats in a row for Pools

5:37pm Saturday 12th April 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED lost for the fifth successive time, going down 2-1 to promotion-chasing Chesterfield at Victoria Park.

Match report: Sunderland 0 Everton 1

5:14pm Saturday 12th April 2014

SUNDERLAND edged a step closer to playing Championship football this afternoon when yet another own goal gifted Everton a narrow victory at the Stadium of Light.

Match report: Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough boro logo badge

5:10pm Saturday 12th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH proved to be Burnley’s promotion party poopers when Jacob Butterfield’s second half goal ensured a battling victory at Turf Moor.

Match Report: Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 0

The Advertiser Series: Football Team Logo for Newcastle United

5:01pm Saturday 12th April 2014

NEWCASTLE'S dreadful recent run continued as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City

A waiting game for patient Raffery

12:11pm Saturday 12th April 2014

IT’S been a fair wait for Andy Rafferty. The Hartlepool United goalkeeper has long been on stand-by.

Humphreys back on familiar territory

12:09pm Saturday 12th April 2014

RITCHIE Humphreys, Hartlepool United’s all-time record appearance holder, is back at Victoria Park today for the first time since his summer exit.

Brown is keen to stay ahead

The Advertiser Series: AIRBORNE: Quakers captain Gary Brown makes a full-blooded challenge on Radcliffe Borough left-back Danny Lambert

9:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

After starting the season on a stretcher, exceeding expectations could become Gary Brown's motto.

Mike Ashley is entering a new phase of his ownership of Newcastle United - but will that be good or bad news?

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

AS well as attending more matches in recent weeks, Mike Ashley has also strengthened his day-to-day involvement with Newcastle United by formally joining the club’s board. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks at what the owner’s increased interest might mean

Pardew accepts Newcastle United supporters are beginning to lose faith

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 Saturday 12th April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED head to Stoke City this afternoon with manager Alan Pardew admitting the club’s relationship with its supporters is under severe strain.

Sunderland boss desperate to show how much he cares by achieving miracle

The Advertiser Series: A DECISIVE NIGHT: Gus Poyet, the Sunderland boss, reflects in the technical area during last night's disappointing defeat to West Ham United

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

STARING out on to the White Hart Lane pitch on Monday night, Gustavo Poyet had the look of a man who cared. With his eyes reflecting floodlights, the pictures hinted he was close to tears after watching Sunderland cave in during a second half collapse at Tottenham.

Poyet backed to turn Sunderland around by boardroom

The Advertiser Series: GOING DOWN? Gus Poyet’s Sunderland are in the relegation mire

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has been reassured that he still has the backing of Sunderland owner Ellis Short to succeed at the Stadium of Light ahead of another crucial weekend on Wearside.

Butterfield thinks Boro can learn from Burnley's success

The Advertiser Series: Jacob Butterfield celebrates after scoring from a  left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

TWENTY eight points and 12 places is the gap separating Middlesbrough, who had genuine eyes on promotion at the start of the season, and a top two place in the Championship, with just five matches remaining.

Karanka: 'Everybody can learn something from Burnley'

The Advertiser Series: MIXED FEELINGS: Aitor Karanka

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA feels every Championship club can learn something from the strength of the team spirit that has carried Burnley to the verge of the Premier League.

Middlesbrough FC lead tributes after death of popular former player Ugolini

The Advertiser Series:

3:29pm Friday 11th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB have led the tributes to one of the club’s greatest ever players, Rolando Ugolini, who has died at the age of 89.

Cooper sending out a positive message for Pools

The Advertiser Series: MISSING OUT: Pools will be without loan defender Christian Burgess tomorrow because of an ankle injury picked up last weekend

7:50am Friday 11th April 2014

COLIN COOPER only looks at what’s happened to his former club to see how swiftly fortunes change.

Mixed financial messages as Middlesbrough begin to prepare for next season

The Advertiser Series: BORO PASSION: Chairman Steve Gibson

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

FIVE games of the Championship season to go, and Middlesbrough are finally stirring. A run of one defeat from eight matches has almost certainly come too late to spark a successful push for the play-offs, but recent wins over Brighton, Derby and Birmingham have at least provided cause for optimism ahead of next season.

Newcastle experience mounting frustration at French no-shows

The Advertiser Series: NEW MAGPIE: Newcastle United's new signing Loic Remy is unveiled to the fans at St James' Park ahead of Saturday's pre-season friendly  against Portuguese side SC Braga

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED’S management team are experiencing mounting frustration at their inability to field the club’s French internationals in the build-up to this summer’s World Cup.

Borini hoping history repeats itself for Sunderland

The Advertiser Series: Lee Vaughan keeps close tabs on Sunderland dangerman Fabio Borini. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

FABIO BORINI is hoping history repeats itself this weekend, with a win over Everton sparking Sunderland into top gear.

Graham will leave Middlesbrough in much better shape than when he arrived

The Advertiser Series: BACK SCORING GOALS: Danny Graham

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

DANNY GRAHAM will leave Middlesbrough a much effective player than when he arrived at the start of January according to Aitor Karanka, but the Boro boss admits it is too early to know whether there is any chance of signing the Sunderland striker permanently this summer.

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