Sport Gus Poyet hit out at Stoke’s interest in Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher

The Potters are reportedly interested in two of their opponents players

Paolo Di Canio said that if players turned up with mobile phones, he would throw them in the sea

Paolo Di Canio labels Lee Catermole and Phil Bardsley 'rotten' and claims Sunderland captain John O'Shea is two-faced

Di Canio's comments are the latest in a long line of criticisms against the players at his former club after he was sacked in September

Gus Poyet gestures during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southampton

Transfer news: Sunderland recall Connor Wickham to help battle against relegation

The Black Cats remain in the relegation places despite an upturn in form

Charis Mavrias celebrates with his Sunderland team-mates after scoring against Kidderminster

Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0 match report: Charis Mavrias gives Sunderland the slightest edge

Black Cats continue their strong cup form this season in a week that has seen them reach the League Cup final and FA Cup fifth round

Manchester United manager David Moyes looks on in downbeat fashion during his club's 2-1 defeat by Swansea

Capital One Cup: Sunderland v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to Tuesday's semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light

Gus Poyet has seen his Sunderland side thrive in the cups, having won just three times in the league

Sunderland v Manchester United: Gus Poyet tells Sunderland to stop Jekyll and Hyde act and seize big chance in Capital One Cup

Gus Poyet slowly rolled the fingers of his left hand into a fist. “When the opportunity to play in a cup final comes along, you must grasp it,” he said. At least when it comes to cup football, the players he took over in October have listened.

Sunderland 3 Carlisle 1: Gus Poyet insists his squad are relishing a double cup run despite gruelling Premier League relegation battle

Black Cats manager insists he always wanted to play and that his squad are of the exact same mentality ahead of League Cup semi-final

Sunderland Gus Poyet shows his frustration during the 0-0 draw with West Ham

Gus Poyet seeks league boost with Sunderland cup run

Manager has challenged his players to launch a survival drive by dumping star-studded Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup

Frank Lampard uses his head to score Chelsea's first

Chelsea 'attitude and focus' is key to Premier League title push, says Frank Lampard

The Blues are within touching distance of league leaders Arsenal

Paolo Di Canio was incredibly harsh in his criticism of players

Paolo Di Canio explains his views on tomato ketchup, why Phil Bardsley was guilty of treason and that Steven Fletcher was always unhappy

Di Canio has responded to individual criticisms by his former players as well as the man he replaced at the Stadium of Light in Martin O'Neill

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at his predecessor Martin O'Neill for his 'charlatan' jibe

Paolo Di Canio hits back at 'charlatan' jibe by claiming Martin O'Neill 'is not very big' following Sunderland exit

Di Canio was sacked by the Black Cats after five games this season and has responded to O'Neill's jibes by admitting he can teach the Northern Irishman a thing or two

City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on with satisfaction from the City bench

Premier League: Sunderland v Manchester City match preview

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

David Silva with Yaya Toure in training

David Silva injury: Manchester City playmaker could be out for four weeks, reveals Manuel Pellegrini

The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow

Sebastian Larsson credits his Sunderland team-mate Jozy Altidore after he set-up the Swede for the their second goal against Southampton

Sunderland 2 Southampton 1: Gus Poyet hails striker Jozy Altidore after two assists set-up quarter-final clash with Chelsea

Wednesday's birthday boy was on-form for the Black Cats to help them secure a last eight place in the League Cup

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Adnan Januzaj backed to remain grounded by Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

A tug-of-war between international teams for the youngster's services looks set to take place

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game