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The Potters are reportedly interested in two of their opponents players

Harry Redknapp is unveiled as QPR manager

Harry Redknapp says QPR players should be 'embarrassed'

Redknapp eyes 'couple of loans' in January and makes it clear the fault so far lies with the team

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Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill 'surprised' by resignation rumours

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has insisted he is going nowhere after the club was forced to dismiss claims he had offered his resignation.

Park Ji-sung (pictured), Junior Hoillet and Rob Green have all come in but they could not save QPR from losing 5-0 to Swansea City

Park Ji-sung to return for Harry Redknapp's first match in charge of QPR

Harry Redknapp should be able to call on QPR captain Park Ji-sung for his first game in charge at Sunderland tomorrow.

Martin O'Neill urges Stephane Sessegnon to transform himself from provider to goalscorer

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has urged Stephane Sessegnon to transform himself from provider to goalscorer.

Agbonlahor celebrates with his manager, Paul Lambert

Match Report: Gabby Agbonlahor gives O’Neill a trying time

Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1: Sunderland’s manager watches his toothless and shot-shy Black Cats succumb meekly

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher (r) reacts after another Sunderland miss

Shot-shy Sunderland frustrate manager Martin O'Neill in defeat to Middlesbrough

Martin O'Neill knows a lack of goals are hurting his Sunderland side as they continue their struggle to find form.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle salute Fabricio Coloccini as Captain Unbelievable

James Perch has hailed the character and quality of Fabricio Coloccini after the Argentinian defender's display in Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (l) shakes hands with Sunderland boss Martin O' Neill

Alan Pardew urges Newcastle to use Sunderland draw to kickstart season

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew urged his players to use their spirited derby display at Sunderland as a platform to belatedly kickstart their season.

Martin O’Neill has condemned chanting by his own club’s supporters towards Steven Taylor

Martin O'Neill critical of Sunderland fans' chants about Steven Taylor

Martin O'Neill, the Sunderland manager, has condemned chanting by his own club's supporters towards Steven Taylor during yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle United’s Danny Simpson and Sunderland winger James McClean square up during last season’s typically fiery derby

Sunderland's decision to move away fans raises red alert for police

Rehousing of away fans for Wear-Tyne derby leads to military-style containment operation

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew calls for calm ahead of 'great derby'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will put his unbeaten record on the line as he heads into “one of the great derbies of the world” at Sunderland on Sunday.

Alan Pardew and Martin O'Neill confront each other last season

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill pledges no repeat of touchline fracas against Newcastle

Martin O'Neill has called the touchline row between himself and Alan Pardew during last season's Newcastle-Sunderland derby at St James' Park unedifying and insisted there will be no repeat on Sunday.

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The previously derided Argentine defender has had a renaissance this season and his inspirational leadership and solid defending have propelled Newcastle into Champions League contention.

Jonas Gutierrez hopeful Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini will return for Sunderland showdown

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is hoping the impending return of skipper Fabricio Coloccini will shore up Newcastle's defence ahead of their derby showdown with Sunderland.

Wigan's Jordi Gomez in action against Sunderland

Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez wins red card appeal over sending off at Sunderland

Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez has won his appeal against a three-match suspension imposed for his sending off in his side's 1-0 defeat at Sunderland over the weekend.

Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon

Stephane Sessegnon signs new Sunderland deal

Stephane Sessegnon this afternoon handed Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill a huge boost when he signed a three-year contract extension.

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