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Sunderland players expecting further formation changes despite recent success

Darlington and Stockton Times: Satisfied: Sebastian Coates, going close with a header against Stoke City on Saturday, is not expecting Sam Allardyce to stick with a five-man defence for every game

5:43am Tuesday 1st December 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE has Sunderland’s players prepared for further formation changes, despite watching his five-man defence lay the foundations for two important victories in a row.

A league and cup double with Boro would be right up Downing's street after leaving Premier League behind

Darlington and Stockton Times: Celebrations: Stewart Downing joined in with the party as Boro won the Carling Cup in 2004 in Cardiff

5:26am Tuesday 1st December 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH remain months away from achieving their targets for this season, but Stewart Downing’s decision to step down a level could yet lead to an incredible league and cup double.

Everton boss' helping hand could boost Aitor Karanka's chances of taking Boro back to Wembley

Darlington and Stockton Times: Progress: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has helped Aitor Karanka

5:16am Tuesday 1st December 2015

AITOR KARANKA hopes that one of the best pieces of advice he has received since taking over at Middlesbrough will backfire on Robert Martinez in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at a sell-out Riverside Stadium tonight.

Hartlepool spend nothing on agents, while Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland figures revealed

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore during the Sky Bet League Two match between Hartlepool United and Luton Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 3rd October 2015. (Photo: Mark Fletcher | MI News & Sport)


6:45pm Monday 30th November 2015

HARTLEPOOL UNITED are one of three clubs in the Football League to be revealed as not paying a single penny in agents’ fees over the last year.

Region's top player reveals Newcastle frustration as Alan Shearer directs swipe at Mike Ashley

Darlington and Stockton Times: Honoured: Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat has been named the North East Football Writers Association's player of the year

4:11pm Monday 30th November 2015

DARYL JANMAAT has described his embarrassment at being named the North-East's best footballer during a year when Newcastle United have faced a constant struggle to fight against relegation.

Are Boro's players over-confident ahead of Everton visit? Aitor Karanka senses they could be

Darlington and Stockton Times: (left to right) Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing, Grant Leadbitter and Ben Gibson celebrate winning the shootout following the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 28, 201

3:00pm Monday 30th November 2015

AITOR KARANKA has called for his players to remain focused on the task at hand amid fears that Middlesbrough’s squad are ‘over-confident’ ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final.

'Investment key' for Sam Allardyce as he plots way to keep Sunderland moving up the Premier League

Darlington and Stockton Times: 'Investment key' for Sam Allardyce as he plots way to keep Sunderland moving up the Premier League

5:26am Monday 30th November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE hopes Sunderland have taken the first steps towards recreating Peter Reid’s successful time in charge at the Stadium of Light but has warned supporters to expect his project to take years.

Allardyce getting the best out of a previously bad bunch at Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Allardyce getting the best out of a previously bad bunch at Sunderland

5:19am Monday 30th November 2015

TWO wins in a row and three clean sheets from an opening run of six matches have secured nine points to lift Sunderland out of the Premier League’s bottom three for the first time this season.

Match ratings: Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: Man of the match: Patrick van Aanholt runs away to celebrate his first Premier League goal

5:11pm Sunday 29th November 2015

Match ratings from Sunderland's 2 - 0 win over Stoke City

Sam Allardyce hails Duncan Watmore and wants Sunderland safe long before season's end

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce  during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 7, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA

4:28pm Sunday 29th November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE is happy with the progress that has been made since taking over at the Stadium of Light but has warned against complacency.

Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:55pm Saturday 28th November 2015

A FIRST Premier League goal for Patrick van Aanholt helped Sunderland climb two points clear of the relegation zone after finally capitalising on the extra man against Stoke City at the Stadium of Light.

Can Jurgen Klopp's best mate stop Jose Mourinho's former assistant from taking Boro in to top two?

Darlington and Stockton Times: Best man: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had Huddersfield boss David Wagner with him at Dortmund.

5:20am Saturday 28th November 2015

FORGET the battle for Champions League places in the Premier League and across Europe, a west Yorkshire town will host an intriguing battle of its own this afternoon that will catch the eye of Messrs Mourinho and Klopp.

Sam Allardyce has got us believing again claims John O'Shea as he looks for a Sunderland-Ireland double

Darlington and Stockton Times: Progress: Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has brought improvements claims John O'Shea

5:12am Saturday 28th November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE thinks he has finally had the level of performance and sort of result to help convince Sunderland’s players that they can turn things around on Wearside, with skipper John O’Shea revealing how the dressing room are in the process of being won over.

Boro boss puts loan talk of Bamford, Kike and Stephens on hold until new year after Leeds link

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staying: England Under-21s' Jack Stephens is well liked at Boro

6:02am Friday 27th November 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH blocked Leeds United’s move for Spanish striker Kike yesterday when head coach Aitor Karanka then challenged all of his players to prove they deserve to stay in his thinking over the next five weeks.

Alan Pardew is a good manager, but so is Steve McClaren claims Newcastle playmaker

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:57am Friday 27th November 2015

AS Newcastle United prepare to face Alan Pardew for a second time since his departure, one of the players he signed admits he never got the chance to prove his worth under the Crystal Palace boss at St James’ Park.

Aitor Karanka ready to keep Kike away from Leeds and reports no further Boro loans

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINAL: Middlesbrough's Kike celebrates scoring his teams second goal against Brentford, during the Sky Bet Championship, Play-Off Semi Final, Second Leg at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

2:30pm Thursday 26th November 2015

AITOR KARANKA has revealed that there will be no further arrivals at Middlesbrough before today’s deadline for emergency loans.

Durham's international talent brings curtain down on fantastic year by setting greater goals for 2016 - and beyond

Darlington and Stockton Times: International: Hartlepool's Jack Ainscough, fifth from the left, celebrates after beating Scotland

5:17am Thursday 26th November 2015

ORDINARILY it would sound fanciful to hear a young sporting talent, who only left school a few months ago, claim they intend to be a future world number one.

Durham duo celebrate Race to Rockliffe win as South Moor shine

Darlington and Stockton Times: Joy: South Moor's Abbi Wheatley

5:02pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

MATTHEW WATSON and Emily Baxter are celebrating after picking up the honours at the fifth Mizuno Race 2 Rockliffe.

Defoe's had no stick from us - captain comes to striker's defence amid rumours Sunderland ace could be sold in January

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo c

5:48am Wednesday 25th November 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE has the backing to fire Sunderland up the Premier League table from the dressing room despite fears he could be sold when the transfer window opens in January.

Boro boys keep on moving in Europe as Karanka warns of ups and downs in promotion race

Darlington and Stockton Times: Satisfied: Aitor Karanka likes where Middlesbrough are at youth level and in the first team.

9:29pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH’S young guns are dreaming of a date with Barcelona or Real Madrid in the New Year after completing a fantastic victory over Italian side Torino in the UEFA Youth League.

Sunderland can't afford transfer errors as Big Sam plays down link with ex-Newcastle and Liverpool striker

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wanted? West Ham's former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, pictured scoring against Chelsea, is not available according to Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce

6:08am Saturday 21st November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE already has one eye on the January transfer window and believes Sunderland can’t afford to sign the wrong players if Premier League football is to stay at the Stadium of Light.

Lessons learned and Middlesbrough desperate to move on by defeating QPR after Cristhian Stuani row

Darlington and Stockton Times: Threat: Uruguayan striker Cristhian Stuani should be back in a Boro shirt tonight

5:53am Friday 20th November 2015

AITOR KARANKA is ready to introduce Cristhian Stuani back into the Middlesbrough first-team picture tonight, claiming the Uruguayan should have learned lessons after leaving his club at loggerheads with his country during the international break.

Orient's hotel punishment is "crackers" claims Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore

Darlington and Stockton Times: Orient's hotel punishment is "crackers" claims Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore

12:11pm Thursday 19th November 2015

HARTLEPOOL UNITED’S victory in front of the Sky cameras last Sunday led to Leyton Orient’s defeated players being punished with a week-long hotel stay – and Ronnie Moore thinks it’s “crackers”.

Graeme Storm suffers late frustration in Dubai outing

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hopeful: Graeme Storm is in action in Dubai this week

11:14am Thursday 19th November 2015

A COUPLE of holes on the back nine prevented Graeme Storm from a top 30 place going in to the second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

European Tour life is just perfect for Chris Paisley after Florida switch

Darlington and Stockton Times: On song: Chris Paisley is looking to the future after retaining his card for a further year and moving to the USA. Picture: Close House (46327647)

5:12am Thursday 19th November 2015

A FEW weeks ago Bernard Gallacher suggested northerners should seriously think about moving away if they have ambitions of fulfilling their potential, citing the British winter as one of the reasons why players may never reach the heights they are capable of.

Dubai provides a delightful finish for Graeme Storm, while James Wilson enjoys regional success

Darlington and Stockton Times: Success: James Wilson won the Northern Golfer Champion of Champions. Picture: Peter Skelton/Northern Golfer

5:02pm Wednesday 18th November 2015

OVER the next four days Graeme Storm will bring the curtain down on a year he hopes will provide a platform to build from on the European Tour.

Loan window important for English football claims Newcastle boss Steve McClaren

Darlington and Stockton Times: Injured: Newcastle United's Rolando Aarons had been earmarked for a loan before a further injury set-back

6:02am Tuesday 17th November 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has explained his reasoning behind sending many of Newcastle United’s promising youngsters out on loan by claiming ‘it’s to benefit the player and English football as much as the club’.

Big night for Boro as Aitor Karanka hopes £2.6m forward gets the rest he needs

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fit or unfit? Cristhian Stuani, pictured scoring against Sheffield Wednesday for Middlesbrough, is available to play for Uruguay tonight

5:08am Tuesday 17th November 2015

AITOR KARANKA will keep a close eye on a match in Montevideo tonight after Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez confirmed Cristhian Stuani is available to play.

'It's time to be positive and look forward' at Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Positives: Middlesbrough's head coach Aitor Karanka wants his players to return to winning ways this week

5:41am Monday 16th November 2015

AITOR KARANKA wants Middlesbrough’s players to concentrate on this season’s positives rather than dwell on the disappointment of losing another game to a promotion rival.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren sees new partnerships blossom before January transfer moves

Darlington and Stockton Times: Stronger: Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic is a good foil for Ayoze Perez to shine

7:00am Monday 16th November 2015

ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC has the perfect attacking sidekick at Newcastle United to ease any frustrations he suffers on the international stage, according to head coach Steve McClaren.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will wait for news on skipper John O'Shea

Darlington and Stockton Times: Waiting game: Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce wants to call on John O'Shea sooner rather than later. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:02pm Sunday 15th November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE is being kept informed about the fitness of John O’Shea as the Sunderland defender pushes to make a return to action for his country.

Graeme Storm clinches place in Tour's top 60 and a place in Dubai

Darlington and Stockton Times: targets: Graeme Storm has his eyes on Dubai next week

9:27am Sunday 15th November 2015

A STRONG weekend at the BMW Masters has seen Graeme Storm power his way to Dubai this week.

Newcastle boss urges players to keep up the good work ahead of January spending

Darlington and Stockton Times: Happier: Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren was pleased with the 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. Picture: SAM SHELDON

5:44am Saturday 14th November 2015

STEVE McCLAREN demanded repeat performances to keep Newcastle United climbing away from the Premier League drop zone after telling his players: "You’ve shown what you’re capable of.”

Middlesbrough boss outlines Premier League wish on two-year anniversary as he ponders fresh move for Chelsea forward

Darlington and Stockton Times: Two years: Aitor Karanka just wants promotion not presents as Middlesbrough head coach

5:48pm Friday 13th November 2015

AITOR KARANKA marked his second anniversary as Middlesbrough head coach by admitting that nothing will be achieved until he has delivered the perfect present of promotion to the Premier League.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce weighs up January transfer swoops - with these 6 players on the radar

Darlington and Stockton Times: Defensive option: West Ham and Wales defender James Collins is wanted by Sunderland

5:02pm Friday 13th November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE is only four matches into his reign as Sunderland manager, but is well on the way to understanding what areas of his squad needs improving when the transfer window opens in seven weeks’ time.

Graeme Storm needs big finish in China

Darlington and Stockton Times: targets: Graeme Storm has his eyes on Dubai next week

3:26pm Friday 13th November 2015

GRAEME STORM has plenty still to do at the BMW Masters in Shanghai if he is to force his way in to the end of year showpiece in Dubai.

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

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

6:20am Friday 13th November 2015

WHEN Harry Chapman beat one defender near the touchline with a couple of stepovers, darted towards the byline after rounding a second Torino player before delicately lifting the ball over the goalkeeper with an incredible finish at the Riverside Stadium last week, more people suddenly sat up and took notice of Middlesbrough’s rising talent.

Fabricio Coloccini must focus on his own game if he wants to recapture his best at Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Back to his best? Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has kept two clean sheets in a row since the defeat at Sunderland

5:49am Friday 13th November 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has urged Fabricio Coloccini to focus on his own job before helping the rest of his team-mates if he wants to grow in to a “terrific” Newcastle United captain.

Audio: Touching words from former Sunderland colleagues for "beautiful man" Marton Fulop

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tributes: Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop, pictured in action in 2009, has died at the age of 32

5:14am Friday 13th November 2015

FORMER Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop was touchingly described as “everything” and “a beautiful man” by former colleagues at the Stadium of Light following his death at the age of 32 yesterday.

'I'm going to win this' - County Durham's Martin Ward ready for a British title charge in the North-East

Darlington and Stockton Times: Back in business: Martin Ward, right, is aiming for a British title 19 months after his shot at a world belt against Stuart Hall was shattered at the Metro Radio Arena

6:28pm Thursday 12th November 2015

NINETEEN months ago West Rainton’s Martin Ward was crushed and crest-fallen when he left the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle empty-handed following a technical draw in his world title bid with local rival Stuart Hall, writes Peter Mann.

Middlesbrough defender sent off for England as Sunderland keeper helps to keep Bosnia at bay

Darlington and Stockton Times: Red card: England's Jack Stephens heads down the tunnel after being sent off during the UEFA European Under-21 qualifier in Sarajevo. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

4:36pm Thursday 12th November 2015

IT was a mixed outing for the North-East’s representatives in the England Under-21s team when Gareth Southgate’s team returned from Sarajevo with a point.

Forget Tour school, Rob Dinwiddie is ready for a well-earned break

Darlington and Stockton Times: Old Course: Barnard Castle's Rob Dinwiddie enjoyed going up the 18th during his Open week at St Andrews

5:39am Thursday 12th November 2015

WHEN a long list of professional and amateurs tee off at the PGA Cataluyna Resort on Saturday, the aim is to secure playing rights for the 2016 European Tour schedule. Five days of intense, a high pressure game is on the cards, but the North-East’s leading players can all take satisfaction in knowing they do not have to endure qualifying school.

England call-ups for Jessica Hall and James Wilson, plus Dinsdale Spa and Hexham joy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Trip: Hexham's Nicola Carr

5:02pm Wednesday 11th November 2015

TWO of the region’s most promising players have been earmarked as future England golfers.

'Small margins are critical' as Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce plots a way forward

Darlington and Stockton Times: Barking orders: Sam Allardyce looking for answers at Sunderland

5:09am Wednesday 11th November 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE wants Sunderland’s players to be streetwise after realising the extent of the problems he has inherited at the Stadium of Light.

Uruguay weigh up Cristhian Stuani's fitness as shocked Middlesbrough boss reacts to call-up

Darlington and Stockton Times: Will he won't he? Uruguay's Cristhian Stuani (11) in action against Costa Rica's Junior Diaz (15) at last year's World Cup

5:10pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

A SURPRISED Aitor Karanka has aired his disbelief after learning Cristhian Stuani - who is not due to return to action until December - could risk a further injury blow by passing himself fit for Uruguay over the next week.

LIVE: Everton 6 Sunderland 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:10pm Sunday 1st November 2015

Sunderland are taking on Everton at Goodison Park - Chief Football Writer Paul Fraser provides live updates

LIVE: Middlesbrough 3 Charlton Athletic 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:27pm Saturday 31st October 2015

CHIEF Football Writer Paul Fraser brings you live updates from Middlesbrough v Charlton Athletic.

Newcastle boss raises idea of using man in the stands to help referees - like in rugby

Darlington and Stockton Times: Unhappy: Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren (right) remonstrates with the officials at the Stadium of Light

6:33am Saturday 31st October 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has urged football’s decision makers to consider all avenues to assist referees and has identified rugby’s use of the Television Match Official (TMO) as a possible option to improve things after a week when Newcastle United were left feeling cheated.

Sunderland boss says 'Jack Rodwell made wrong career move ahead of Goodison return'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Toffee: Sunderland's Jack Rodwell started his career with Everton

6:15am Saturday 31st October 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE wants to help Jack Rodwell recapture the sort of magic which made him a hot prospect at Everton – provided Sunderland’s £10m midfielder wants to help himself.

'There will be no cup hangover' predicts Boro defender Gibson

Darlington and Stockton Times: Focused: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson is ready to go again after celebrating winning the penalty shootout with teammates at Old Trafford

5:12am Saturday 31st October 2015

PERHAPS the biggest challenge Aitor Karanka and his Middlesbrough squad faces over the next few hours is ensuring there is no cup hangover capable of derailing promotion hopes.

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