Martin Hardy

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

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Rémy Cabella showed glimpses of genuine quality for Newcastle yesterday

Newcastle vs Manchester City: United family reconciled as arrivals give cause for optimism

In the 85th minute, the Gallowgate End at St James’ Park burst into song. Seconds earlier, in the technical area of the home dugout, Alan Pardew had spun on his heels with his hands clasped together in disappointment. Unlike the final home game of last season, when he was cemented to his seat, it was not personal anguish. The emotion was a shared one with the support this time.

Roberto Martinez announces Ross Barkley has agreed a new four-year deal with Everton

Ross Barkley out for TWO months, not five, says Everton manager Roberto Martinez

The England midfielder suffered the injury prior to the opening day 2-2 draw with Leicester City

Rémy Cabella showed glimpses of genuine quality for Newcastle yesterday

Newcastle vs Manchester City comment: New arrivals and new spirit offer cause for optimism at Newcastle, despite defeat

Newcastle lost 2-0 at St James' Park but there were many positives to take from defeat to the champions

Emmanuel Riviere: £6 million summer signing from Monaco

New signing Emmanuel Rivière knows his place at Newcastle

Emmanuel Rivière believes he has the strength of character to cope with the unique pressure of leading Newcastle to better times.

Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners weighing up move for Newcastle outcast Chieck Tiote

Swansea close in on Federico Fernandez and Liverpool could land World Cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero

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Ben Arfa’s final chapter at Newcastle now a sad tale set in a local bookshop

Crane your neck far around the door at Newcastle’s The Back Page book and sports memorabilia shop on St Andrews Street and you can see the shadow of the Gallowgate End at St James’ Park.

Sunderland’s Gus Poyet (right) has had little to celebrate this summer as fortune now favours Alan Pardew

A tale of two cities: How Geordie cloud drifted over Sunderland

At the season’s close the skies above Pardew looked gloomy, but now Poyet is the frustrated figure, as Martin Hardy reports

Former Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday is now Leeds United head coach

Shock at Leeds United as Dave Hockaday is handed head coach job out of the blue

But can the former Forest Green manager revive one of England's sleeping giants?

Nathan Dyer celebrates scoring for Swansea against Sunderland

Sunderland 1 Swansea City 3 match report: Sunderland’s surge ends but manager Gus Poyet will stay

Dyer, Emnes and Bony were on target for the visitors

Sunderland fans enjoy the miracle escape

Sunderland 2 West Bom 0 match report: Fabio Borini strikes to help Sunderland complete miracle escape

To have won four games and drawn one in their last five is a run that has stunned everyone - and helped them secure their Premier League status
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