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Former Newcastle player Gutierrez tweets support for the club

Former Newcastle footballer Jonas Gutierrez has tweeted his support for Newcastle United after they were relegated from the Premier League.

Last month an employment tribunal found he was dropped as a player during his time with Newcastle United because of his cancer diagnosis.

He sued the club for an estimated £2m on the grounds of disability discrimination.

The tribunal also ruled the club made it impossible for Gutierrez to trigger an appearance-based contract extension.

Newcastle are currently 'considering further options' with their legal team.

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Sunderland game "can't come quick enough" for Big Sam

Sunderland's decisive match against Everton tonight "can't come quick enough" for manager Sam Allardyce.

The Black Cats could guarantee survival in the Premier League with a win at the Stadium of Light.

A victory for Sunderland would also relegate North East rivals Newcastle United to the Championship.

'Whoever goes down deserves to go down': Pundit on bottom-of-league battle

Steve Wraith, football pundit and long-time Newcastle United fan has said that whichever North East team - Newcastle or Sunderland - is relegated from the Premier League, they will deserve it.

Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees this lunchtime said both teams had flirted with relegation in recent seasons, and neither truly deserves to stay up.

Here's what he said:

Newcastle and Sunderland would lose £55m if relegated

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley said to the Daily Mirror that there is 'virtually nothing left now' in the club's coffers Credit: PA

Newcastle United and Sunderland stand to lose £55m-£65m if they are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season according to football finance experts Deloitte.

Deloitte’s Sports Business Group told ITV Tyne Tees that the vast majority of the reduction in income would be due to lost television revenue - around £50m. The rest of the hit would come through losses sustained in matchday and commercial revenues.

Sunderland play Everton tonight: a win would see them stay in the Premier League and would ensure Newcastle are relegated.

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Premier League match report: Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle couldn't find a way past Villa. Credit: Reuters

Newcastle's Premier League fate is out of their own hands after a goalless draw at already-relegated Aston Villa.

The Magpies created the better chances but were wasteful in front of goal, most notably in the second half through Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic - who also went very close to breaking the deadlock with a header.

The point extended their unbeaten run to five matches under Rafa Benitez but Newcastle finished the day in the bottom three after north-east rivals Sunderland twice came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light.

It leaves The Toon a point behind the Black Cats, who have a game in hand and could send Benitez's side down with victory at home to Everton on Wednesday night.

Newcastle fans started the day in confident mood. Credit: PA

Big Sam expects relegation battle until final day

The Premier League relegation battle will last until the final day of the season, according to Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce.

The Black Cats are involved in a three-way fight for survival with North East rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City. Just two points separate the three teams with ten days left until the end of the season.

Speaking ahead of Sunderland's match against Chelsea on Saturday, Allardyce said he would be surprised if any of the three clubs could guarantee safety before May 15.

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