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Pardew coy over Remy move

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE MOVE: Loic Remy is not in a rush to make a decision on his next move after a loan spell at St James' Park

10:29pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew remains confident of adding another striker to his squad this summer, but insisted he will only move for players that will suit the club.

Newcastle confirm Janmaat arrival, while Debuchy completes Arsenal move

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6:12pm Thursday 17th July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED have confirmed the arrival of Holland right-back Daryl Janmaat, while Mathieu Debuchy has completed his move to Arsenal.

Durham are hit for seven by Liverpool

10:26am Monday 7th July 2014

DURHAM general manager Lee Sanders believes yesterday’s 7-1 Continental Cup defeat to reigning WSL 1 champions Liverpool will be a great learning curve for his squad.

Boro confrm keeper signing

3:12pm Friday 4th July 2014

TOMAS Mejias has completed a permanent move to Middlesbrough after the international transfer window opened.

Dunlop proud of British Touring Car Championship link

Darlington and Stockton Times: GRIPPING ACTION: Dunlop tyres in use during the MSA British Touring Car Championship

10:46am Wednesday 25th June 2014

WHEN it comes to the MSA British Touring Car Championship, tyre manufacturer Dunlop is part of the furniture.

North-East transfer gossip: Wednesday, June 25

Darlington and Stockton Times: Transfer Gossip

8:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Northern Echo Sport rounds up the latest transfer gossip featuring Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool

Quakers re-sign Hatch

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE-NIL: Liam Hatch scored his 14th goal of the season against Grimsby Town last night to keep Quakers' play-off hopes alive.

10:32am Friday 30th May 2014

DARLINGTON have resigned Liam Hatch after the striker was released by Gateshead.

Sunderland sign defender Billy Jones

Darlington and Stockton Times: Billy Jones is out of contract at West Brom this summer. Picture: Action Images

10:06am Wednesday 28th May 2014

SUNDERLAND confirmed today that defender Billy Jones has agreed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and will become a Sunderland player from July 1, 2014.

Match Analysis: Sholing 1 West Auckland 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: DISAPPOINTMENT: West Auckland’s Lewis Galpin post-match

10:53am Monday 12th May 2014

THE run had to be broken at some point and unfortunately for West Auckland, they couldn’t make it a sixth Northern League FA Vase win in as many years.

Match Report: West Auckland beaten in FA Vase final

Darlington and Stockton Times: Match Report: West Auckland beaten in FA Vase final

5:04pm Saturday 10th May 2014

THE FA Vase will not be coming back to the North-East for the first time in six years after West Auckland were beaten 1-0 by Sholing in the final at Wembley.

Pardew insists he can turn it around at Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times: CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

7:00am Saturday 10th May 2014

HE has been faced with banners and chants in protest against his position in recent weeks, but Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew remains confident he can win over supporters calling for him to leave the club.

Pardew: I haven't been good enough

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO LUCK: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

7:00am Saturday 10th May 2014

ALAN Pardew has admitted his performance as Newcastle United manager has “not been good enough” this season, but the under-fire boss is hopeful he will be around to put his mistakes right this summer and beyond.

De Jong must wait on news of United deal

Darlington and Stockton Times: UNDER REVIEW: Newcastle will take their time over a decision regarding the future of Luuk de Jong

10:54am Friday 9th May 2014

NEWCASTLE United will assess their options in the transfer market before deciding whether to make Luuk de Jong’s loan move permanent – and they could go back to Germany in their search for a new striker.

Keeping Sunderland up would be Poyet's greatest achievement

Darlington and Stockton Times: Gus Poyet could be returning to te Amex

7:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

GUS POYET has revealed keeping Sunderland in the Premier League would be the greatest achievement of his career.

Magpies weren't fazed by protests, says Taylor

Darlington and Stockton Times: JUMPING FOR JOY: Dan Gosling swings around on the post after Steven Taylor scored at St James' Park

7:00am Tuesday 6th May 2014

STEVEN TAYLOR insists Newcastle United’s players were not affected by supporters’ protests during Saturday’s win over Cardiff City, but the defender has stressed a need for patience inside St James’ Park.

WSL preview: Sunderland and Durham face tough cup ties

7:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014

SUNDERLAND’S perfect start to the season will be put to the test today when they travel to face reigning WSL 1 champions Liverpool in the Continental Cup tonight (6:30pm kick-off).

Mills fires warning at Gateshead

7:00am Thursday 1st May 2014

GATESHEAD travel to Grimsby Town for the first leg of their Conference play-off semi-final tonight, and manager Gary Mills has warned his players not to let the prospect of a Wembley appearance affect their focus.

Pardew confident his return can spark an improvement

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO LUCK: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

7:00am Thursday 1st May 2014

DESPITE Monday night’s defeat to Arsenal, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew believes his touchline return can spark an improvement in performances in the final two games of the season.

Karanka to give youngsters a chance

Darlington and Stockton Times: Adam Reach has quickly become a crowd favourite

7:00am Thursday 1st May 2014

AFTER watching Adam Reach impress in his first league start of the season on Saturday, Aitor Karanka has revealed Middlesbrough’s young players will be given more chances to cement their places in his first-team next season.

Poyet must learn to control his emotions

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUCHLINE TACTICS: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet shouts instructions to his players during their 2-2 draw against Southampton

7:00am Thursday 1st May 2014

GUS POYET admits he has struggled to control his emotions during Sunderland’s fight for Premier League survival, but revealed he has never given up hope of guiding the club to safety even when others had written them off.

Graham's future is uncertain

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE FRONT FOOT: On loan Middlesbrough striker Danny Graham, in action against Barnsley at the weekend

7:00am Tuesday 29th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH striker Danny Graham admits he is uncertain where his future lies beyond the end of the season after revealing he has still not spoken to anyone at Sunderland.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 3 Barnsley 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: FEELING GOOD: Danny Graham celebrates putting Middlesbrough in the lead

7:00am Monday 28th April 2014

WHEN the curtain came down on another Championship season at the Riverside on Saturday, there was distinct feeling of unfinished business.

Tomlin: Squad togetherness behind Boro's late season form

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW FACE: Lee Tomlin has joined Boro on loan

7:00am Monday 28th April 2014

GOALSCORER Lee Tomlin believes a greater sense of trust amongst the Middlesbrough squad has been a big reason behind their end of season form.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 3 Barnsley 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

5:01pm Saturday 26th April 2014

TWO stoppage time goals from Danny Graham and Lee Tomlin ensured Middlesbrough rounded off their season at the Riverside with a 3-1 win over Barnsley, who are relegated to League One.

WSL preview: Sanders confident results will come for Durham

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW JOB: Durham WFC general manager Lee Sanders (left) welcoming club's new head coach Rob Atkin (right)

8:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

GENERAL manager Lee Sanders insists there is no need to panic despite Durham’s winless start to life in the Women’s Super League.

Bardsley's future is still unclear

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Top-ten failure would be damaging, admits Pardew

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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: Newcastle United 1 Swansea City 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

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.

WSL preview: Sunderland and Durham ready for southern challengers

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Sunderland head coach Clare Robinson admits tomorrow’s game with Reading could give an early indication of where the WSL 2 title could end up at the end of the season.

Wickham's time has come, says Black Cats boss

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Saturday Spotlight: Flournoy had "no doubt" his Eagles would win

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

AFTER a season without silverware many people suggested Newcastle Eagles’ domination of British Basketball had come to an end.

Saturday Spotlight: Eagles' Fab has always defied the odds

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

THROUGHOUT his life, Fab Flournoy has always defied the odds.

Rubbing shoulders with sporting superstars at Steve Cram's charity event

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHARITY MO-BOT: Mo Farah in trademark pose at Steve Cram's charity event in London

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Stars of sport and entertainment gathered in London this week to help raise money for a North-East-based children's charity co-founded by Steve Cram. The Northern Echo was the only newspaper in the country invited, with sports writer Steph Clark in attendance at the Royal Garden Hotel.

Durham and Sunderland ready for WSL kick-off

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham Women players in training at Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUNDERLAND and Durham make their long-awaited Women’s Super League debuts tonight when they go head-to-head in a North-East derby at New Ferens Park.

Black Cats midfielder hasn't given up yet

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Pardew won't give in to fan pressure

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

WSL pair crash out of FA Women's Cup

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO COMPLAINTS: Durham Women head coach Rob Atkin saw his side lose 2-1 to Portsmouth

12:27pm Monday 14th April 2014

DURHAM and Sunderland crashed out of the FA Women’s Cup after defeats to Portsmouth and Liverpool on Sunday.

Wildcats relish their underdog status

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW ERA: New team Durham Women pictured at the Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, in Durham. They start their season on Thursday against Sunderland.

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

IN the second part of The Northern Echo’s build-up to the new Women’s Super League season, Sports Writer Steph Clark met Durham Women as they prepare to host North-East rivals Sunderland in the season opener on Thursday night.

Eagles two wins away from BBL title

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

NEWCASTLE Eagles can claim their fifth BBL Championship in seven years this weekend, but coach Fab Flournoy has warned his players not to underestimate their lowly opponents.

Sunderland Ladies are ready to begin their new chapter

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUNDERLAND LADIES: The squad line up for their historic first team photo

8:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

After three consecutive Premier League titles, Sunderland Ladies make their long-awaited Women’s Super League debut against North-East rivals Durham next week. Sport Writer Steph Clark spoke to captain Steph Bannon and head coach Clare Robinson squad ahead of the new season.

Poyet has a long list of excuses

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUCHLINE TACTICS: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet shouts instructions to his players during their 2-2 draw against Southampton

7:00am Monday 7th April 2014

GUS POYET revealed he has a long list of excuses that have hampered his mission to keep Sunderland in the Premier League, but the head coach insists he will not use any of them should his side lose their battle against the drop.

McClaren endures frustrating Boro return

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fernando Forestieri squaring up to former team-mate Nathaniel Chalobah on Saturday. Picture: Dave Peters.

7:00am Monday 7th April 2014

STEVE McClaren admitted coming back to Middlesbrough for the first time would be a special occasion, but by 5pm on Saturday the Derby County manager couldn’t wait to get away.

Boro capable of beating anyone

Darlington and Stockton Times: SMART MOVER: Aitor Karanka says Boro need to be intelligent when bringing player in

7:00am Monday 7th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka believes back-to-back wins over two play-off hopefuls suggests his side is capable of challenging for promotion back to the Premier League.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 1 Derby County 0

4:59pm Saturday 5th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH secured back-to-back wins in the Championship for the first time since January after seeing off promotion-chasing Derby County at the Riverside.

Poyet sticks by his word

Darlington and Stockton Times: RETURN TO BRIGHTON? Gus Poyet

7:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

GUS POYET insists he is not a hypocrite and admitted he would understand if Sunderland were docked points after fielding the ineligible Ji Dong-won, although he has called for the Premier League to make its rules clearer.

Sunderland deny any wrongdoing over Ji Dong-won

1:57pm Friday 4th April 2014

SUNDERLAND have issued a statement and denied any wrongdoing after they were fined for for fielding an ineligible player this season.

Magpies face crucial summer on and off the field

Darlington and Stockton Times: SEASON’S GREETINGS: Manager Alan Pardew shakes hands with owner Mike Ashley at St Mary’s

7:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Saturday’s 4-0 demolition at the hands of Southampton reaffirmed the need for Newcastle United to make big changes in the summer. Sports writer Steph Clark looks at five key decisions that will have to be made inside the walls of St James’ Park.

Match Analysis: Southampton 4 Newcastle United 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: SAINTS ROMP: Fabricio Coloccini tries to block as Adam Lallana lets fly to score the third of Southampton’s four goals at St Mary’s

11:06am Monday 31st March 2014

IT’S just as well there are only six games to go, because Newcastle United are in free-fall. Their early season form is becoming more and more important as the weeks go by and even the passionate football folk on Tyneside must be begging to be put out of their misery for another campaign.

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