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 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

Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa is an outcast at Newcastle after falling out with manager Alan Pardew

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?

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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

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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
Alan Pardew admits he faces a challenge to change public opinion

Alan Pardew starting to buckle under weight of discontent at Newcastle United

Newcastle fans’ patience rapidly running out with manager of club who have lost four on the trot

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