Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Jermain Defoe has joined Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal

Sunderland vs Burnley: Gus Poyet says game has to be Sunderland's turning point

Struggling sides meet at Stadium of Light

Papiss Cisse celebraes after scoring Newcastle's second against Chelsea

Newcastle transfer news: Signings are unlikely despite freefall in the Premier League

Papiss Cissé is in a race to play after leaving the African Cup of Nations

Lee Clark’s Blackpool side conceded seven goals in 36 minutes away at Watford on Saturday
Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver (right) reacts

John Carver: Newcastle confirm Carver will remain in charge of the Magpies until the end of the season

Carver was named caretaker manager when Alan Pardew left to join Crystal Palace and will oversee matters until at least the summer

Papiss Cisse celebraes after scoring Newcastle's second against Chelsea

Newcastle United transfer news: Papiss Cissé could net £22.5m in Shanghai surprise

EXCLUSIVE: Striker has been offered to join Sven-Goran Eriksson in China

Jermain Defoe aims to prove he is still England quality after returning to Premier League with Sunderland

Striker will ‘try his best’ to be Black Cats legend in three years’ time

Raheem Sterling break: Brendan Rodgers justifies rest for Liverpool forward

The forward has gone to the Caribbean for a break

Patrick van Aanholt applauds Sunderland supporters after his goal was enough to beat Leeds United at the Stadium of Light
George Boyd celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle

Newcastle vs Burnley report: Managerless Magpies held by Burnley after George Boyd goal seals remarkable 3-3 draw

Newcastle 3 Burnley 3: Assistant John Carver took charge of the home side

Arsenal are believed to be lining up a £9m offer for Moussa Sissoko

Arsenal transfer news: Managerless Newcastle set to rebuff approach for Moussa Sissoko

The French midfielder has been outstanding for the Magpies this season

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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