Sports writer, Henry Winter swam the Tyne after losing a bet. He said that if Newcastle United ever committed to Alan Pardew long term, he would swim the Tyne. Alan Pardew signed a new contract. Henry Winter started preparing to do this...
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
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