Martin Hardy

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

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A view of St James' Park

Newcastle announce £18.7m profits

It is the fourth successive year the club has been able to announce positive financial results

Olivier Giroud has scored 11 goals in his last 14 games

Newcastle vs Arsenal: Arsene Wenger insists Olivier Giroud is the Premier League's best striker

It was the contribution of the Frenchman on Saturday that drew special praise from the Arsenal manager

Dick Advocaat takes Sunderland to West Ham looking for only their second league win of 2015

Dick Advocaat was sounded out about the Sunderland job three weeks ago

For three weeks Gus Poyet had been living on borrowed time

Dick Advocaat arrives at Sunderland: Five things for the Dutchman to address to avoid Premier League relegation

A new boss has been installed at the Stadium of Light. Here Martin Hardy looks at things in his in-box

Dick Advocaat will be handed a short-term contract to keep Sunderland in the Premier League

Sunderland turn to Dick Advocaat after running out of patience with manager Gus Poyet

Sunderland will turn to Dick Advocaat to save their season after sacking Gus Poyet as manager today.

Gus Poyet reacts with dismay as his Sunderland side go down 4-0 at home to Aston Villa

Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 4: Gus Poyet clings on despite fans’ growing anger at Sunderland shambles

In the stands sat Roy Keane, caught on camera assessing the continued mess Sunderland have sunk into since he resurrected the place

Ashley Young celebrates the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle

Is the Gus Poyet project ripping at the seams? Sunderland manager pens open letter

Sunderland have lurched from ordinary to poor form and pressure is mounting

Bradford’s Phil Parkinson, right, singles out the travelling fans after beating Chelsea

Bradford vs Sunderland: 'Our win at Chelsea saved FA Cup,' claims Bantams boss Phil Parkinson

TV's no-show for today's game is a poor reward for our efforts, believes manager

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