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Alan Pardew says Newcastle United are still in the race for Champions League football despite his side's defeat last weekend.

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Rugby team set to takeover Quakers' stadium

The rugby club hopes to start using the arena early next year Credit: PA

Darlington Mowden Park rugby team have completed a deal to buy the town's former football stadium.

The Quakers left their 25 thousand seater ground earlier this year after severe financial problems saw them relegated to the Northern League.

The rugby club hopes to start using the Arena early next year.

Darlington Football club now plays it's home matches in Bishop Auckland.

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O'Neill confident of Roy success

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says he's sure Roy Hodgson will be a success as England coach, but was surprised Harry Redknapp wasn't given the job.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Fulham on Sunday, O'Neill said:

"Like everyone else in the country I thought Harry Redknapp would get the job.

"But if you look at Roy's record and the managerial experience he has at international level, I'm sure it's going to be a very, very good appointment.

"But I was surprised, I thought Harry Redknapp would get it."

Hopes remain for Darlo rescue plan

More details could emerge today of a last ditch attempt to buy Darlington Football Club.

Yesterday, a meeting of the club's creditors was cancelled after the community group bidding to buy the Quakers confirmed they were unable to pay its debts.

The move has cast further doubt over the future of the club, with liquidation now the likeliest outcome.

If an agreement between Darlington 1883 and the administrator is reached, Interim boss Craig Liddle says they must leave the Darlington Arena no matter what:

"They're looking at moving out of the Arena, which has been a huge drain on finances in the past. Possibly ground sharing."

He added: "It's the supporters who have been through an enormous amount in the last few months.

"They've raised funds, they've followed the team through probably one of the darkest periods in their history, and they deserve better than this.

"So it's important we try and rescue the club for their sakes."

Liddle praying for Darlo solution

Darlington FC Interim Manager Craig Liddle says the club could be liquidated unless an agreement is reached between administrators and the community group hoping to buy it.

Darlington 1883 has been raising money to bring the Quakers out of administration. But a planned meeting with accountants Taylor Rowlands on Friday has been cancelled, with the group struggling find the necessary funds.

As the future of the club is plunged into further doubt, LIddle says he's clinging to the hope that a resolution can be found.

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Darlo deal in jeopardy?

A meeting between administrators and the community group hoping to buy Darlington FC has been cancelled.

Darlington 1883 has been raising funds in an attempt to bring the Quakers out of administration, although Friday's planned meeting with representatives from Taylor Rowlands will not go ahead.

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Sol Campbell retires

Sol Campbell made seven appearances for Newcastle United Credit: ITV

Former England international Sol Campbell has announced his retirement from football.

The defender made over six hundred appearances for five different clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Portsmouth, in a career spanning almost two decades. He also won 73 caps for his country.

The 37-year-old signed for Newcastle United on a one-year deal in July 2010, but made just seven appearances during his time at St James' Park.

Campbell has been without a club since leaving the Magpies in May 2011.

Takeover group confirms Quakers move

Craig McKenna of Darlington 1883 says:

"They have looked at all the options to stay at the stadium on Neesham Road but it is not financially viable. They hope to take on a short term ground share and then move back into Darlington when the opportunity arises."

– Craig McKenna, Darlington 1883

He added that the group need to go over technical points but are aiming to have a deal to buy the club in place before Friday.

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