Mick Henry, Gateshead Council Leader and Simon Nathan from Athletics Australia sign memorandum of understanding. It is to confirm the Australian team will use the stadium as their holding camp before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.
Sunderland AFC has appointed a new Director of Football and Chief Scout as it restructures its recruitment team.
Roberto De Fanti joins the club in the newly-created Director of Football role. And Chief Scout Valentino Angeloni is being welcomed to the Black Cats from Italian giants Inter Milan.
Work on the summer recruitment process has already commenced, with players Valentin Roberge, Adilson Tavares Varela (Cabral) and Modibo Diakité set to join the club in July. Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne, said:
“Roberto and Valentino bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and football contacts from across Europe and indeed the world and we are delighted to welcome them to Sunderland.
“The recruitment of players is of course key for any football club and Roberto and Valentino will work closely with the Head Coach and the Board to identify targets as we look to strengthen our squad for next season and beyond.
“I would also like to extend our thanks to the President of Inter Milan, Massimo Moratti, who graciously agreed to allow Valentino to make the move to Sunderland.”
Some of the North East's sporting heritage is set to go on sale tomorrow (December 4th) as footballing medals and photographs go under the hammer at Newcastle's Anderson and Garland auction house.
Medals belonging to Newcastle United's Frank "Guv'nor" Watt are expected to be in high demand.
Nine medals - including some from the early 1900s and 1920s - have been valued at £6000 at Tuesday's Fine Art and Antiques Sale.
"The football medals belonging to Frank Watt are a fantastic piece of sporting history and NUFC fans will tell you how ambitious he was for the club, declaring on his arrival: 'We are going to be the best team in the country.'
For that reason and due to his success at the club, we expect the collection to sell extremely well."