Gateshead Council leader Mick Henry (below) says the borough is ready to host the Australian athletics team before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. He says Gateshead Stadium has been improved and refurbished and is now world class.
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The Black Cats boss has spoken to the media following his side's one nil defeat to Bournemouth which relegated them from the Premier League.
The Black Cats will play next season in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League.