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Colin Cooper resigns as Hartlepool manager

Colin Cooper has resigned as Hartlepool manager. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper has resigned after the club went bottom of the Football League.

They lost 3-0 to Carlisle United, who achieved their biggest away win in three years.

The defeat put Hartlepool bottom of the table, and the former Middlesbrough player and coach left his first managerial post.

"We would like to thank Colin for his efforts during the last eighteen months.

“We are glad that we gave him his break in management and would like to wish him every success in the future.”

– Hartlepool chairman Ken Hodcroft, in a statement on the club's website


Pardew: What the papers say

Today's papers Credit: ITV

The Chronicle - Lee Ryder - Alan Pardew's only quick exit from Newcastle United would be to resign from and wave goodbye to a compensation package.

The Mirror - Simon Bird - The Toon Army are furious and the form since last December is that of a side on its way to relegation, but Ashley's axe probably won't fall any time soon.

The Telegraph - Luke Edwards - Ashley to defy supporters and give Pardew until Christmas to turn club around despite dismal defeat at Southampton.

The Guardian - Louise Taylor- Alan Pardew is expected to still be in charge of Newcastle United when Hull City visit St James’ Park on Saturday. Although defeat against Steve Bruce’s side would effectively make Pardew’s position untenable, Ashley, is famously impervious to supporter opinion.

Pressure on Pardew as Newcastle sink to rock bottom

Pardew faces increasing pressure as his side has yet to win this season Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Newcastle United have sunk to the very bottom of the Premier League table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

The result piled even more pressure onto the manager, Alan Pardew, who signed an eight-year contract just under two years ago. He skipped the post-match press conference after the game at St Mary's.

Fans held up a banner reading 'Pardew Out' in the away section of the ground.


Families of MH17 victims to attend Sunderland game

John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Members of the families of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, the two Newcastle United fans tragically killed in the MH17 disaster, will attend Sunderland AFC’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as guests of the club.

Sunderland supporter Gary Ferguson set up a fund after hearing of the tragedy in order to raise £100 for a wreath in memory of Liam and his fellow supporter John and Sunderland fans took the cause to their hearts, with the fund currently standing at over £33,000.

The money raised is to be split between two North East charities, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle, in accordance with the wishes of the Sweeney and Alder families.

David Sweeney, grandfather of Liam, wanted to thank Sunderland fans for the support they have given him and his family and Mr Sweeney, accompanied by Liam’s parents and other family members will attend the Black Cats game against Spurs. Two members of John Alder’s family will also be present, along with Gary Ferguson.

Members of both families, along with Gary Ferguson, will take part in a pitchside photograph with SAFC Ambassador Jimmy Montgomery, who took part in recent commemorations for the two fans at St James’ Park.

Speaking about his forthcoming visit to the Stadium of Light, David Sweeney said: “The support from the Sunderland people and the money raised for the two charities has been simply magnificent. It is my wish that out of this tragic event that has happened in my life and that of my family, some good can come and if it helps to bring the two sets of fans closer together then that gives us some comfort.”

Sunderland AFC’s chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “This tragedy has touched the North East as a whole and we welcome the Sweeney and Alder families to the Stadium of Light and offer our support to them at this most difficult time.”

Ashley has no plans to sell Newcastle United

Mike Ashley Credit: Owen Humphries/PA Wire/ Press Association images

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted he has no plans to sell the club until the end of next season at the earliest.

The sportswear magnate moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that he is ready to sell up in order to buy Scottish club Rangers, in which he already has a nine per cent stake.

A club statement said: "The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United. For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price."

Toon fans top banning order list

Newcastle United fans got the highest number of banning orders last season in England and Wales, figures have revealed.

There were 95 imposed on supporters of the Premier League team in the 2013/14 season according to Home Office data.

Fans of League One side Chesterfield received the second-highest number of banning orders at 22, while League Two side Shrewsbury Town saw 21 bans issued to its supporters.

The total number of football banning orders decreased by 7% to 2,273 as on September 3 2014, from 2,451 on September 20 2013.

This represents 678 new banning orders imposed during the period, on top of those already in place.

Football banning orders aim to block potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad - and are issued by the courts following a conviction for a football-related offence. They can also be issued after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force.

Sunderland sign midfielder Will Buckley from Brighton

Will Buckley knows his new manager Gus Poyet well after three years at Brighton Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland AFC have completed the transfer of 24-year-old midfielder Will Buckley on a three-year-deal from Brighton and Hove Albion, for an undisclosed fee.

Buckley made 70 appearances under Gus Poyet at Brighton, scoring 16 goals.

He becomes Sunderland’s seventh summer signing.

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