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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Sunderland will not be signing Argentine winger permanently

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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?

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Could new approach reap rewards for Hartlepool pro

Darlington and Stockton Times: Taking aim: Graeme Storm won the Footgolf competition at Richings Park, Iver, Bucks. Pictures: Jed Leicester, Back Page Images, www.backpageimage.com

5:13am Thursday 21st May 2015

GRAEME STORM hopes a change of approach will bring a change of fortunes when he heads out at the Wentworth Club today rubbing shoulders with some of the best golfers in the world.

It's all too three-sy for Brancepeth's brilliant golfer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Just champion: Richard Aisbitt with the Durham County Championship trophy he won for a third time. Picture: Bill Allon

5:05pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

RICHARD AISBITT has become the first golfer since the turn of the century to clinch a third Durham County Championship title – and now has his sights set on an even greater crown.

Advocaat rubbishes Rangers talk and claims no Sunderland decision is made

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Shearer can't believe Newcastle need help from Manchester United

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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.

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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

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.

Tyne-Wear rivals to have final game shown live

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Forget the parmos - it'll soon be cheesy chips down Wembley Way for Boro fans

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1:45pm Saturday 16th May 2015

TEESSIDE had waited nine years for an occasion like this. Once the celebrations had died down and the hangovers have eased this morning, Middlesbrough’s fans only have to wait nine days for the next.

Advocaat admits talks over Sunderland job will take place

5:26am Saturday 16th May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has dropped the biggest hint yet that he could be persuaded to stay at Sunderland – by predicting talks over his future will take place once the relegation fight is over.

Sunderland's Swede wants problems on Wearside sorting out this summer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Blame game: Sunderland's Seb Larsson is desperate to see changes but only have keeping the Black Cats up. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:14am Saturday 16th May 2015

A THIRD straight Sunderland victory could cement a place in the Premier League this afternoon and then Seb Larsson wants a summer inquest in to what has gone wrong at the Stadium of Light - again.

Bridcutt set for recall after Sunderland pair ruled out for remaining three matches

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO EXCUSES: Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Fulham on Saturday	Picture: TOM BANKS

3:27pm Friday 15th May 2015

LIAM BRIDCUTT is in line for a recall to the Sunderland starting line-up for the potentially defining Premier League visit of Leicester City tomorrow.

Season ticket sales will boost Pools' transfer hand

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hartlepool V Cambridge - Sky Bet League 2.
A happy Ronnie Moore smiles after his team beat Cambridge 2-1. Picture: TOM BANKS (24100468)

12:19pm Friday 15th May 2015

AN increase in season ticket prices for next season will help Ronnie Moore strengthen Hartlepool United’s squad, it has been claimed by the club’s chief executive Russ Green.

O'Shea: Threat of Championship brought Sunderland back to life

5:21am Friday 15th May 2015

JOHN O’SHEA feels Dick Advocaat’s magic on Wearside has put Sunderland in with a fighting chance of survival but the Dutchman has not been the only factor in the turnaround.

Carver focused on final two games and keeping Magpies job

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING NOWHERE: Newcastle United manager John Carver. Picture: RICHARD SELLERS/PA

5:17am Friday 15th May 2015

JOHN CARVER does not expect to be going anywhere this summer and insists he has put all talk about the future on hold until Newcastle United have kicked a ball for the last time this season.

Golf results round-up

5:34am Thursday 14th May 2015

Golf results

Reigning county champion plotting his defence at South Shields

Darlington and Stockton Times: Double act: Richard Aisbitt with the trophy and caddie John Hutchinson (25713957)

5:10am Thursday 14th May 2015

TWELVE months after landing the Durham County Championship for a second time, reigning champion Richard Aisbitt is gearing up for a crack at defending it this weekend - regardless of the conditions.

Golf shorts: Defeat for Durham, Rockliffe date and Shearer lined up for PGA

4:45pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

DURHAM County Union slipped to defeat when they faced off with Northumberland.

Deadline approaches for Seaton Salver golfers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Just champion: Ben Stow on his way to Brabazon Trophy glory at Seaton Carew. Picture: Tom Collins

10:36am Wednesday 13th May 2015

THE region’s best amateur golfers still have time to enter this year’s Seaton Salver at Seaton Carew Golf Club.

'We've shown we can handle the pressure, now let's stay up' claims Magpies striker

6:20pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

EMMANUEL RIVIERE hopes a few shoots of recovery are signs that Newcastle United’s players can handle the pressure in the Premier League’s relegation run-in.

'Our fans deserve Premier League football' insists Sunderland striker

6:19pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE thinks Sunderland’s fans deserve to be watching Premier League football next season and is desperate to help deliver it again after edging them a step closer to safety.

'We've shown we can handle the pressure, now let's stay up' claims Magpies striker

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7:03am Tuesday 12th May 2015

EMMANUEL RIVIERE hopes a few shoots of recovery are signs that Newcastle United’s players can handle the pressure in the Premier League’s relegation run-in.

'Our fans deserve Premier League football' insists Sunderland striker

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5:26am Tuesday 12th May 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE thinks Sunderland’s fans deserve to be watching Premier League football next season and is desperate to help deliver it again after edging them a step closer to safety.

Under-21s: Boro claim title, Magpies lose and Watmore strikes for Black Cats

9:36pm Monday 11th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH’S Under-21s clinched the Barclays Under-21s Second Division title without kicking a ball last night.

Moore targets new faces after releasing Premier League names

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ronnie Moore at Fratton Park

9:07pm Monday 11th May 2015

RONNIE MOORE intends to replace experience with experience after releasing former Premier League players from his Hartlepool United squad.

Golden Graham gives Sunderland a survival boost

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top that: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (second left) celebrates scoring their second goal at Goodison Park. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

5:55am Monday 11th May 2015

Full-time: Everton 0 Sunderland 2

'Sunderland will be my last job' admits Advocaat

Darlington and Stockton Times: Joy: Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat (left) celebrates Jermain Defoe's goal on the touchline at Goodison Park Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

5:46am Monday 11th May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT wants Sunderland’s boardroom to learn lessons from another season of struggle in the Premier League – with or without him as head coach.

Match ratings: Everton 0 Sunderland 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Opener: Sunderland's Danny Graham (obscured) is mobbed by team-mates as he celebrates his goal. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

6:01pm Sunday 10th May 2015

Goals:

John Parry seals fifth spot on Tour in Mauritius

3:17pm Sunday 10th May 2015

HARROGATE’S John Parry delivered a scintillating final round to power his way in to the money at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

'I still care for Sunderland and want them to stay up' admits Poyet

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland's Gus Poyet during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 14, 2015. See PA Story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICT

3:07pm Sunday 10th May 2015

GUS POYET is desperate to see Sunderland stay up this season – having become a concerned fan since he was sacked by owner Ellis Short two months ago.

Talented Finn set for national bow

Darlington and Stockton Times: Talented Finn set for national bow

5:47am Saturday 9th May 2015

TALENTED youngster Finn Riddell has been selected to play for the under 11s' National Independent Schools' Rugby Squad, touring with a squad of just 16 of the country’s finest young players.

Sunderland boss convinced Sunderland have the momentum to stay up

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wear Tyne Derby at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland v Newcastle United.  New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (22459936)

5:42am Saturday 9th May 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT will not be worrying about what Sunderland’s relegation rivals are up to after realising his players truly believe they are up for the fight of keeping Premier League football on Wearside.

Sunderland can only dream of £30m signing jokes Advocaat

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wear Tyne Derby at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland v Newcastle United.  Sunderland's Jermain Defoe.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (22459996)

5:14am Saturday 9th May 2015

MEMPHIS DEPAY will become Manchester United’s £30m man this summer and Dick Advocaat has cheekily claimed the young forward cost almost as much as the Sunderland squad he is attempting to keep in the Premier League.

Harrogate golfer in pursuit of leaders in Mauritius

4:46pm Friday 8th May 2015

HARROGATE'S John Parry is four shots off the lead at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open as he plots an attack on the leaders this weekend.

Gateshead seek new owners after Wood decides to sell

4:29pm Friday 8th May 2015

GATESHEAD chairman Graham Wood has announced his intention to sell the Vanarama Premier club after nine years trying to deliver Football League status.

Sunderland striker claims Advocaat is 'ruthless' in relegation fight

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland's Connor Wickham (facing) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game against Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 25, 2015. See PA st

5:49am Friday 8th May 2015

CONNOR WICKHAM did not think Sunderland would be deep in another relegation fight when he signed his new contract earlier this season - and is desperate to follow up Premier League survival by avoiding a repeat next year.

Could Sunderland battle with Magpies for City defender this summer?

Darlington and Stockton Times: HANDS ON: Sunderland's Wes Brown holds back Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

5:53am Thursday 7th May 2015

SUNDERLAND and Newcastle United are being kept informed about the future of Micah Richards – despite the uncertainty surrounding the Tyne-Wear rivals’ Premier League status.

Exams now for Bishop golfer after topping county class - again

Darlington and Stockton Times: Just champion: Jessica Hall with her Durham County Ladies Championship trophy(25271937)

5:53am Thursday 7th May 2015

JESSICA HALLL will never forget the week she took her first GCSE exam because it arrived just a day after she had tamed the test of Barnard Castle by retaining the Durham County Championship crown.

Could Taylor's record end in Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Under threat? Phil Taylor is to face Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

5:31am Thursday 7th May 2015

THE final two places in the Betway Premier League play-offs could be confirmed tonight, with Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson aiming to end Phil Taylor's amazing record in the tournament.

Who will be Magpies' next boss? McClaren focused on 'finishing off job' at Derby

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN DEMAND: Steve McClaren remains Newcastle's preferred option as a permanent head coach

7:02pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are putting all manager talk on the back burner until Premier League status has been assured for a further season after Steve McClaren claimed he was ‘never tempted’ by the St James’ Park job.

Golf shorts: Boro stars line up for golf day as Crook raise cash

Darlington and Stockton Times: Line up: Gary Pallister, Craig Hignett and Danny Mills were among those to take part at Rockliffe Hall (25150970)

12:48pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH Football Club Foundation held their very first golf day with former players Danny Mills, Gary Pallister and Craig Hignett among those to tee off.

'We're all united and fighting for survival at Sunderland' says Cattermole

Darlington and Stockton Times: Battle: Lee Cattermole and team-mate John O'Shea made life difficult for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle on Saturday

5:54am Wednesday 6th May 2015

LEE CATTERMOLE has issued a warning to Sunderland’s relegation rivals by claiming Dick Advocaat’s players have shown they possess the fight to keep Premier League football at the Stadium of Light next season.

Magpies interest in £15m man but staying up comes first

5:20am Wednesday 6th May 2015

ALEKSANDAR Mitrovic is a £15m target for Newcastle United but John Carver has had to consider a teenage rookie in a bid to tighten up Newcastle United and end the ongoing nightmare at St James’ Park.

Bamford winning fitness race - but Boro man didn't deserve award

5:06am Wednesday 6th May 2015

AITOR KARANKA hopes this week’s warm weather training will help ensure that leading goalscorer Patrick Bamford will be fit to spearhead Middlesbrough’s play-off tussle.

'This is as painful for us' says Magpies skipper as he calls for unity for three cup finals

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:32pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

FABRICIO COLOCCINI has apologised to supporters and called for unity for Newcastle United’s final three matches of the season in an open letter he has written to fans.

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