Konstantopoulos hoping remarkable transformation isn't finished yet

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

WHEN Dimi Konstantopoulos joined Middlesbrough in August 2013, he did so as a 35-year-old who looked destined to be the club’s third-choice goalkeeper.

Carver determined to avoid the pain of another relegation heartbreak

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

JOHN CARVER can vividly remember the despair that accompanied Newcastle’s last relegation to the Championship.

Advocaat hints at a willingness to stay if Short invests in Sunderland squad

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has delivered the strongest hint yet that he is willing to remain as Sunderland head coach for at least another season if the club’s owner, Ellis Short, is prepared to deliver the “five or six” key additions that will enable him to avoid another relegation battle.

Vossen delighted with the result of his Middlesbrough move

The Advertiser Series:

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

WHEN Jelle Vossen decided that the time was right to leave Genk last summer, he was faced with a selection of prospective employers.

Darlington's name remains the same

The Advertiser Series:

6:01am Saturday 23rd May 2015

QUAKERS’ name will remain as Darlington 1883 after opting not to submit a request to the Football Association to change it for at least another season.

Promotion party at Wembley would be just perfect for Boro man Woodgate

The Advertiser Series: MATCH: Boro manager Aitor Karanka pats Jonathan Woodgate on the back during the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium

5:44am Saturday 23rd May 2015

WHEN Jonathan Woodgate moved back to Middlesbrough from Madrid, the return to his hometown revived his career. If it turns out that he has played his last game as a professional footballer, then he would love nothing more than to have helped his beloved club back to the Premier League.

Sunderland striker wants early managerial decision to plan for next season

The Advertiser Series: STAYING UP: A Sunderland fan passionately showing his support after the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London

5:10am Saturday 23rd May 2015

STEVEN FLETCHER feels Sunderland cannot afford to hang around too long before appointing a permanent head coach - even if Dick Advocaat decides to walk away from the club next week.

UPDATED: Advocaat still undecided on his future ahead of key meetings next week

The Advertiser Series:

3:16pm Friday 22nd May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT insists that he has still decided on his future ahead of key meetings with both his wife and Sunderland owner Ellis Short next week.

'I don't care about anything other than keeping Newcastle up' vows Carver

The Advertiser Series: BOSS: Newcastle United manager John Carver reacts during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium

5:59am Friday 22nd May 2015

EMBATTLED boss John Carver is determined to ignore fresh talk about his successor by keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League after rivals Sunderland piled even more pressure on the caretaker coach.

Defoe wants Advocaat to lead Sunderland in to bright new era

The Advertiser Series: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat celebrates his sides 0-0 draw which ensures safety during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo

5:40am Friday 22nd May 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE thinks another of summer of change on Wearside could finally lead to success after securing Sunderland's place in the Premier League next season – particularly if Dick Advocaat remains in charge.

Future is bright as secret of Boro's success stems from North-East

The Advertiser Series: European hopefuls: Mark Tinkler and Craig Liddle's Under-18s. Picture: Graham Bell, Middlesbrough FC

5:15am Friday 22nd May 2015

THERE has already been a lot of talk about the financial impact that winning promotion to the Premier League via Wembley will have on Middlesbrough if Norwich City can be beaten on Monday.

Martin Gray Academy holding trials

The Advertiser Series: HOME COMFORTS: Darlington manager Martin Gray is glad to be back in the North-East tomorrow after four consecutive away games. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:51pm Friday 22nd May 2015

THE Martin Gray Football Academy is holding trials for new students in Durham.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper determined to avoid an unwanted North-East play-off final double

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

HAVING experienced play-off final heartbreak with Hartlepool United, Dimi Konstantopoulos is determined to be part of a happier ending when Middlesbrough take on Norwich City for a place in the Premier League on Monday.

Carver: 'Giving the players some time off was better than reading the riot act'

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

JOHN CARVER has defended his decision to give his under-performing Newcastle United players a two-day break in the wake of last weekend’s damaging defeat at QPR, and claimed it would have been counter-productive to read the riot act ahead of Sunday’s relegation decider against West Ham.

Sunderland will not be signing Argentine winger permanently

The Advertiser Series: Tottenham Hotspur's Vlad Chiriches (right) and Sunderland's Ricky Alvarez battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA story SO

5:08pm Thursday 21st May 2015

RICKY ALVAREZ will not be joining Sunderland this summer even though Premier League status has been secured.

Could Dwight Yorke replace Advocaat at Sunderland?

The Advertiser Series: Job hunt: Dwight Yorke fancies the Sunderland job

5:01pm Thursday 21st May 2015

DWIGHT YORKE has thrown his name forward to succeed Dick Advocaat after Sunderland clinched a safeguarded their place in the Premier League.

Sunderland desperate to keep tearful Dutchman after great escape

The Advertiser Series: Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat celebrates his sides 0-0 draw which ensures safety during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo

7:03am Thursday 21st May 2015

SUNDERLAND will do everything they can to persuade an emotional Dick Advocaat to stay in charge beyond this season after he achieved his primary goal of keeping Premier League football at the Stadium of Light last night.

Darlington striker Armstrong vows to make a speedy recovery

The Advertiser Series: IMPACT: The moment Bamber Bridge goalkeeper Lee Dovey collided with Graeme Armstrong, leading to the Darlington striker requiring an operation on his pancreas. Picture: NICK BURTON

6:03am Thursday 21st May 2015

AS entertainment choices go, selecting television show Walking Dead to kill time while stuck in hospital is somewhat apt given Graeme Armstrong’s fragile condition after sustaining a serious abdominal injury.

Bingham is Moore's first signing

The Advertiser Series: Bingham is Moore's first signing

5:47am Thursday 21st May 2015

RAKISH BINGHAM has returned to Hartlepool United, the striker becoming Ronnie Moore’s first signing of the summer.

Gray to appear at fans forum tonight

The Advertiser Series: FANS FORUM: Darlington manager Martin Gray

5:37am Thursday 21st May 2015

DARLINGTON manager Martin Gray will appear this evening at a fans forum in Northallerton.

Sunderland celebrate Premier League survival with goalless Arsenal draw

The Advertiser Series:

9:47pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

Full-time: Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0

LIVE: Arsenal v Sunderland

The Advertiser Series:

5:02pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

Chief Football Writer Paul Fraser reports live from Emirates Stadium as Sunderland take on Arsenal. Draw tonight and Sunderland are guaranteed top flight football next season.

Under-pressure Newcastle boss declares: 'I was right to attend charity golf day'

The Advertiser Series:

10:55am Wednesday 20th May 2015

JOHN CARVER has launched a staunch defence of his presence at a charity golf day on Monday, claiming it had absolutely no impact on Newcastle United’s preparations for Sunday’s relegation decider against West Ham.

Shearer can't believe Newcastle need help from Manchester United

The Advertiser Series:

5:52am Wednesday 20th May 2015

ALAN SHEARER thinks it is a sign of just how bad things are at St James’ Park that Newcastle United might have to rely on Manchester United doing them a favour on Sunday.

Tearful Advocaat praises everyone at Sunderland after survival success

The Advertiser Series:

11:14pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

AN emotional Dick Advocaat has paid tribute to everyone at Sunderland after earning the result at Champions League bound Arsenal which preserved top-flight status.

Johnson starts for Sunderland at Arsenal

The Advertiser Series: EXTENDED: Police extend bail of Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson (20894613)

7:01pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has introduced Adam Johnson back in to the Sunderland starting line-up as he looks to clinch the point that will guarantee Premier League football next season at the Emirates.

Pools land striker Bingham

The Advertiser Series:

1:37pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

RAKISH BINGHAM has returned to Hartlepool United, becoming Ronnie Moore’s first signing of the summer.

UPDATED: Middlesbrough duo named in European Championship squad

The Advertiser Series: Opener: Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford celebrates his side's first goal at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: PA

11:14am Wednesday 20th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH duo Ben Gibson and Patrick Bamford have both been named in the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s European Championships.

Advocaat rubbishes Rangers talk and claims no Sunderland decision is made

The Advertiser Series: Sunderland v Leicester City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. Sunderland's Dick Advocaat.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (26264647)

5:57am Wednesday 20th May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT is adamant he has not decided to quit Sunderland before the final two games of the season and has rubbished suggestions he could even head back to Scotland rather than retire.

'Karanka gameplan will get us to the Premier League' says Boro defender

The Advertiser Series: APRIL 17: Jonny Howson of Norwich City and George Friend of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Middlesbrough at Carrow Road in Norwich, England. (Photo by Matt Bradshaw/phcimages.com) (23559895)

5:18am Wednesday 20th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have already shown they can deliver when it matters and George Friend thinks a Premier League place beckons if the players can do exactly what Aitor Karanka tells them to.

Finance director John Irving to leave Newcastle United

The Advertiser Series:

11:07pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

NEWCASTLE United's finance director John Irving is to leave St James’ Park.

Wembley own goal as national stadium spells Middlesbrough wrong on playoff final tickets

The Advertiser Series:

10:45am Tuesday 19th May 2015

WEMBLEY chiefs have been left red-faced after scoring an own goal by misspelling Middlesbrough on the club's Championship playoff final tickets.

Phillips wants to be Sunderland boss - but admits this summer will be too soon

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Tuesday 19th May 2015

KEVIN PHILLIPS would love to manage Sunderland at some stage in the future, but the former striker admits he is too inexperienced to take over this summer.

Can Middlesbrough make it fifth time lucky - a look at the club's previous heartbreaks at Wembley

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Tuesday 19th May 2015

Middlesbrough will make their fifth appearance at Wembley when they take on Norwich City in the Championship play-off final next Monday – and they are still looking for their first victory. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks back at their four previous outings at the home of the English game

Rodwell to replace Bridcutt for Sunderland at Arsenal

The Advertiser Series:

3:19pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

JACK RODWELL has put himself in to contention to play at Arsenal tomorrow night after it was confirmed Liam Bridcutt will miss out for Sunderland.

Duckworth confident of improved fortunes at Victoria Park

The Advertiser Series: Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) celebrates after scoring the second for Hartlepool  - Carlisle United v Hartlepool - 02/05/2015 - Mandatory Credit: Barbara Abbott - 07971644739 - b.abbott600@btinternet.com- NO UNPAID USE. (25188618)

6:01am Tuesday 19th May 2015

MICHAEL DUCKWORTH’S season ended on a high point, but the Hartlepool United defender admits it was a struggle for the majority of it.

Gutierrez desperate to avoid relegation repeat on final outing

5:53am Tuesday 19th May 2015

JONAS GUTIERREZ has already won the biggest battle of his life and now the South American midfielder is desperate to end his comeback year by keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Boro at Wembley: Sales suspended as Boro fans snap up play off final tickets

The Advertiser Series:

2:49pm Monday 18th May 2015

THE clamour for Middlesbrough's play off final game at Wembley saw almost 17,000 tickets sold in under four hours.

Wickham: 'Facing Arsenal and Chelsea could play into our hands'

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Monday 18th May 2015

IT looks a daunting final week on paper, but Connor Wickham feels successive away games against Arsenal and Chelsea will play to Sunderland’s strengths as they attempt to claim the point they need to guarantee their Premier League safety.

Vossen determined to make Old Trafford return - but not as a tourist

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Monday 18th May 2015

EARLIER this season, Jelle Vossen travelled to Manchester to visit Old Trafford and marvel at one of the most famous football grounds in Europe.

Tyne-Wear rivals to have final game shown live

The Advertiser Series: Last game? Dick Advocaat's last game as Sunderland head coach will be on Sky this Sunday. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:09pm Monday 18th May 2015

Newcastle United and Sunderland will both have their final games of the Premier League season shown live this Sunday.

Taylor hopes Magpies can learn their lessons from history

The Advertiser Series: going down? Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor appears dejected during Saturday’s defeat to QPR, which means the Magpies could be relegated this weekendPicture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

5:03am Monday 18th May 2015

LAST time Newcastle United went into the final game of the season with relegation a possibility, they went down – and Ryan Taylor, who was there on that day, hopes the Magpies can get the job done this time.

Newcastle United have one more shot to preserve their Premier League status

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle United Manager John Carver before kick off in the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 16, 2015. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. Ed

5:03am Monday 18th May 2015

NEWCASTLE United could write all the open letters in the world this week to their long-suffering fans, it will not help or get away from the fact that by Sunday, they could be, once again, a Championship side.

Sunderland 0 Leicester City 0: A lack of honour as Sunderland edge towards safety

The Advertiser Series:

5:00am Monday 18th May 2015

IN the last few years, it has become traditional that no matter how a side has performed over the course of a season, their final home game sees their players return to the pitch to mark the end of their efforts.

Sunderland boss has 'good feeling' about the final week of the season

The Advertiser Series:

9:48am Sunday 17th May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT claims he has a “good feeling” about the final week of the season, despite Sunderland still needing another point to guarantee their Premier League survival.

Sunderland 0 Leicester 0: Black Cats fail to guarantee survival, but edge closer to safety target

The Advertiser Series:

4:57pm Saturday 16th May 2015

SUNDERLAND failed to claim the win that would have guaranteed their Premier League survival, but the point earned from a goalless draw with Leicester has edged them closer to survival with two games remaining.

QPR 2 Newcastle United 1: Magpies throw it away in the capital

The Advertiser Series:

4:57pm Saturday 16th May 2015

NEWCASTLE’S fate will be decided on the final day of the season after John Carver’s side surrendered a lead to lose 2-1 at already-relegated Queens Park Rangers.

Middlesbrough to face Norwich in play-off final

The Advertiser Series:

2:18pm Saturday 16th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will face Norwich City in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday, May 25.

Middlesbrough release ticket details for Wembley

The Advertiser Series:

7:50am Saturday 16th May 2015

Middlesbrough have released the following ticketing information for the play-off final against either Norwich City or Ipswich Town at Wembley on Monday, May 25.

Barton out to inflict more misery on the Magpies

The Advertiser Series: Joey Barton celebrates his equaliser for QPR. Picture: Action Images

5:00am Saturday 16th May 2015

HE might periodically flag up his enduring affection for Newcastle United on his Twitter feed, but John Carver does not expect Joey Barton to be doing his old team any favours when they head to QPR for a game that could determine the fate of their survival battle this afternoon.









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