Martin Hardy

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

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John Carver: Newcastle United must protect me from abusive Toon fans

Newcastle United 2 Swansea City 3

Steve McClaren, the Derby manager, was approached by Newcastle about taking over after Alan Pardew

Steve McClaren to Newcastle: Magpies approached McClaren in January - and hope to revive bid this summer

Newcastle faced paying £2m if they had firmed up their interest

Harry Kane scores Tottenham's third

Middlesbrough vs Wolves match report: Boro cling on after rampant opening to keep hopes alive

Middlesbrough 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Sunderland vs Crystal Palace: Black Cats' plight worries boss Dick Advocaat

Sunderland 1 Crystal Palace 4

John Carver, Newcastle's head coach, believes there is 'something not right' in his players' DNA

Liverpool vs Newcastle: John Carver calls for fresh policy on recruitment

Carver's Newcastle take on Liverpool on Monday night

Sunderland players pile on top of Jermain Defoe after his wonder winner against Newcastle on Sunday

Newcastle United: Rude awakening for the club that stopped dreaming

While Sunderland celebrate, Newcastle have lost values and a sense of history

John Carver watches his Newcastle side slip to defeat

Sunderland vs Newcastle: 'Embarrassed' John Carver slams 'dreadful' performance

Carver also defended the Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was seen congratulating Jermain Defoe in the tunnel at half-time after the Sunderland striker’s brilliant goal

Jermain Defoe celebrates his goal

Sunderland vs Newcastle match report: Jermain Defoe wonder-strike secures crucial victory in Tyne-Wear derby

Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0: Dick Advocaat victorious in his first match at the Stadium of Light

Newcastle manager John Carver

Sunderland vs Newcastle: 'I wanted to hit Paolo Di Canio during derby loss,' says John Carver

Di Canio famously slid on his knees on the pitch during the win

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