Martin Hardy

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

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Five things Steve McClaren has to tackle at Newcastle United

The new Newcastle manager takes over a side that nearly got relegated but, writes Martin Hardy, his biggest problems might be in the boardroom

John Carver axed by Newcastle: Steve McClaren gets his way as club shows manager the door

Carver oversaw a dreadful run of form after replacing Alan Pardew

Steve McClaren on the touchline during Derby's victory last night

Next Newcastle manager: Steve McClaren to sign on at Magpies to replace John Carver

John Carver looks set to be replaced by the recently sacked Derby manager

Dick Advocaat, left, celebrates with Sunderland coach Paul Bracewell after securing their Premier League place

Dick Advocaat to stay at Sunderland: Black Cats provide transfer funds to convince manager to stay

The former Netherlands coach has performed a remarkable U-turn after saying he would leave the club

Safety reached but Newcastle fans unite against owner Mike Ashley

Protests at Ashely's ownership on show throughout the game

Jonathan Woodgate stresses Boro’s ‘winning mentality’

Middlesbrough vs Norwich: Jonathan Woodgate on the threshold of realising dream with first love

Woodgate's second spell with his hometown club could result in promotion to the Premier League

Hull's David Meyler believes they can escape Premier League relegation

Hull vs Manchester United: David Meyler backs odds for Hull pulling off their great escape

Hull need to beat Manchester United and hope Newcastle slip up against West Ham

Philippe Albert joined Newcastle in 1994 and the defender was an integral part of the side which nearly won the Premier League two years later

Newcastle vs West Ham: When Prince Philippe Albert was ruler of a united kingdom

As Newcastle stare into the abyss, Martin Hardy speaks to a player who remembers a time when the club still had a strong connection to its fans and harboured hopes of success

Newcastle twice made overtures to Steve McClaren in January after Alan Pardew left the club

Steve McClaren to Newcastle: Magpies ready to make fresh move for Derby County manager

Exclusive: The former England boss is on the brink of being sacked by the Championship side after failing to win promotion

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