Martin Hardy

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

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Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal on Sunday

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Reds' manager praises striker after his double against Sunderland

Kevin Ball has been at the club for almost half his life

After Paolo Di Canio fiasco, what now for once proud Sunderland?

At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

Kevin Ball: Sunderland's caretaker manager is relaxed about condiments

Kevin Ball gets to the sauce of Sunderland troubles

Tomato sauce is back at the Academy of Light, and players are once more allowed to use their mobile phones.

Papiss Cissé scored shortly after the half-hour mark

Newcastle United 2 Leeds United 0 match report: Papiss Cisse takes Magpies into the Capital One Cup fourth round

The romance of the cup, it transpired, was limited to a good old-fashioned away following of 6,000. For Leeds there was no shame, and a reminder, in such sizeable numbers, of what the club once was.

Sunderland's Valentin Roberge celebrates his goal with teammates

Sunderland 2 Peterborough United 0 match report: Sunderland celebrate Paolo Di Canio’s exit with a show of unity in Capital One Cup

Caretaker manager Kevin Ball dropped four players from the weekend defeat to West Brom for Capital One Cup clash

Paolo Di Canio clashed with his players after the defeat at West Bromwich Albion

Paolo Di Canio was fired by Sunderland for 'systematic destruction' of his players

After team complained of damaged self-esteem, club felt compelled to terminate ‘irrational’ reign of fear

Loïc Rémy celebrates one of his two goals for Newcastle

Alan Pardew bemoans Newcastle's lost momentum after shock home defeat to Hull City

The promoted side came from behind to win 3-2 at St James' Park

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Newcastle United 2 Hull City 3 match report: Magnificent Sone Aluko stuns Magpies with super-strike

Three stony-faced men; Joe Kinnear, the director of football, Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United and Graham Carr, the club's chief scout, all sat together in the directors' box at St James' Park at a game for the first time yesterday. They cannot have enjoyed what they saw. Newcastle swings as quickly as any club in England from delirium to despair. Victory would have sent them second in the Premier League, at least for a couple of hours. It did not come. Instead, they fell to a newly-promoted side assembled for significantly less than they were. That will not go down well.

Yohan Cabaye was back in action for Newcastle

Yohan Cabaye disciplined by Newcastle for refusing to play after £10m bid from Arsenal

The French midfielder has now integrated back in to the squad

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Arsene Wenger warns there is 'a lot more to come' from Arsenal's £42.5m signing Mesut Ozil

The Germany international creating a goal inside 10 minutes of his debut

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