Martin Hardy

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

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Newcastle United's director of football, Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear versus Roberto de Fanti: Why this North-east derby is about lack of direction

When Sunderland meet Newcastle, it is not the managers who will get the blame if the worst happens...

Fabricio Coloccini has returned to Argentina to recover

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini likely to be out of action until Christmas

Defender has suffered a groin injury while on international duty and is a significant blow for the Magpies who also have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa suspended

Brendan Rodgers has said sixth place would be a disappointment for Liverpool

Liverpool’s sights are raised to by Brendan Rodgers

There is a growing belief that Liverpool’s ascent to the top four will last. Manager Brendan Rodgers puts that down to finding players with the hunger to play well for Liverpool – not just to play for Liverpool.

Gus Poyet is unveiled as Sunderland manager: ‘It is going to be difficult but I am convinced we have a big chance of staying up’

Gus Poyet: I will win over Sunderland team to beat relegation

New Black Cats manager pledges side should be 'comfortable' to perform – unlike under Paolo Di Canio

Two-goal hero Adnan Januzaj is taken off against Sunderland

Wayne Rooney hopes Manchester United team-mate Adnan Januzaj will join him at England too

Belgium-born winger scored twice against Sunderland at the weekend

Dejected Newcastle players during Monday's defeat at Everton

'Ex-manager' or 'next manager'? Joe Kinnear muddies Newcastle waters

Third successive defeat at Cardiff today will  increase unease around Pardew’s team

Luis Suarez celebrates his first goal of the match with a t-shirt in dedication to his new-born child

Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 match report: Luis Suarez’s Premier League return adds bite for snappy Reds

Daniel Sturridge assists both of the Uruguayan's goals

Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal on Sunday

Brendan Rodgers: 'Luis Suarez is so focused for us it is like a new signing'

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.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
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How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas