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No new injury worries for McClaren

Steve McClaren Credit: ITV News

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has no fresh selection problems ahead of Sunday's derby trip to Sunderland.

Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara and midfielder Cheick Tiote all returned to action against Norwich last weekend and came through unscathed.

Full-back Kevin Mbabu (hamstring) and midfielder Rolando Aarons (calf) are back in training, but keepers Tim Krul (cruciate ligament) and Karl Darlow (ankle), defender Steven Taylor and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (both hamstring) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Elliot, Woodman, Janmaat, Haidara, Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Lascelles, Williamson, Mbabu, Colback, Anita, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Thauvin, De Jong, Gouffran, Marveaux, Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Toney.


Wear Tyne derby: ticket update from Sunderland

Sunderland Football Club have issued an update to remind fans that the Wear Tyne derby will be an all-ticket game.

Can Sunderland make it six in a row? Credit: PA

The club has said cash turnstiles will not be operating at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Tickets to the game are very nearly sold out for the noon kick off.

New camera to be used during the Wear Tyne derby

State-of-the-art camera technology at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light is to be used on match days to clearly identify any individual in the ground getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

The special high-resolution Panomera CCTV camera, was installed last season to assist police and club safety staff.

The camera captures detailed footage of the stadium’s entire Away section. It'll be used during this Sunday's Wear Tyne Derby.

"We can view footage of any incident, and more importantly, the minutes preceding the incident. This is particularly useful if, for example, a smoke grenade has been set-off or a missile thrown.

– Paul Weir, Sunderland AFC
Paul Weir, head of safety at SAFC Credit: Sunderland AFC


Southend boss Phil Brown 'turned down' chance to coach at Sunderland.

Southend Manager Phil Brown Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport

It's emerged that the Southend United manager Phil Brown has rejected the chance to team up with Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.

Allardyce, who worked with Brown at Bolton Wanderers, wanted him to join his back room team at the Stadium of Light.

The 56 year old, who has taken charge of 375 games during his managerial career so far, guided Southend to promotion via the League Two play-offs last season.

Sam Allardyce was announced as the new manager at the Stadium of Light a week ago.

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