Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has been found not guilty of aggressively confronting a taxi driver in an alleged road rage incident.
Keane denied allegations he had flicked a 'V' sign at taxi driver Fateh Kerar, who had accused the former footballer of swearing and staring as both parked up in Altrincham, Cheshire, in January this year.
The 43-year-old gave no reaction at Manchester Magistrates' Court as he was cleared of a charge of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar.
District Judge Duncan Birrell said there was something of the "thwarted fan" about Mr Kerar and Keane's lawyer described the whole incident as a "storm in a tea cup".
Dismissing the case against Keane, the judge said the evidence was "riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities".
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is facing a battle to make a summer transfer breakthrough after neighbours Sunderland entered the race to capture one of Steve McClaren's top targets.
It is understood that the Black Cats have made an offer in excess of £11million for PSV Eindhoven's highly-rated midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, a man identified by the Magpies' new head coach as a key acquisition following his appointment earlier this month.
Sunderland counterpart Dick Advocaat himself is understood to have made contact with the Dutch club to register his interest in the 24-year-old Holland international, who scored 14 Eredivisie goals last season as PSV cruised to the title.
In the process, he has firmly thrown down the gauntlet to Newcastle and Charnley, who has been charged with the task of doing the deals by owner Mike Ashley after identifying targets in a series of meetings with McClaren and chief scout Graham Carr.
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Former Sunderland goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
He made the renowned double save that helped Sunderland earn a shock FA Cup victory over Leeds United at Wembley in 1973.
"I've been associated with Sunderland since I was 15 and a half, so it's been more than 55 years now. It's something I can look back on now and I'm very, very proud of it".
Jimmy Montgomery holds the record for appearances for Sunderland, having played for his hometown team 627 times. He continues to work with the club as an ambassador.
Sunderland fans, keen to show their elation at Dick Advocaat's decision to stay as manager, have, so far, raised almost £2,000 to to buy flowers for his wife.
A message on the gofundme site says: "A donation from the Sunderland Message Board to give Mrs Advocaat a big thank you for giving us another year of the little general!"
It goes onto say that donations exceeding £150 will be split between the SAFC foundation and a charity of Mrs Advocaat's choice.
Former Sunderland player Michael Proctor says the club, the fans and the players will all be "happy" about the return of Dick Advocaat.
The club confirmed yesterday the Dutchman has been reinstated at Sunderland, despite leaving last week.
He has signed a one year deal to lead the Black Cats next season.
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Dick Advocaat has returned to Sunderland as head coach, despite leaving the club last week.
The club has now confirmed that he has signed a one-year deal.
A newspaper is reporting that Dick Advocaat will in fact stay on as Sunderland manager.
The club announced last week that the Dutchman would not continue on Wearside. Dick Advocaat, 67, said at the time that he wanted to retire from club football. The club said last week that it was "extremely disappointed" by the decision.
But The Sun is now reporting that he will in fact stay on as manager. On Twitter, the paper's sportsdesk said: "Dick Advocaat performs a sensational U-turn and will stay at Sunderland as boss".
The editor of A Love Supreme, Martyn McFadden, hopes, after three managers in just over two years, the club can now build and progress: