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Sunderland must hold their nerve to avoid relegation, says Larsson
Sunderland must hold their nerve to avoid relegation, says Larsson

Sweden's national soccer team player Sebastian Larsson talks to media before a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm November 18, 2013. REUTERS/Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/FilesREUTERS - Midfielder Sebastian Larsson has told his Sunderland team that it must hold its nerve to avoid relegation.Sunderland are third from bottom in the Premier League table ahead of Norwich City and behind Newcastle United, in 17th place, by a single p

May 5 2016
Newcastle United cut ties with Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux
Newcastle United cut ties with Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux

Gabriel Obertan was signed by Newcastle from Manchester United in 2011Winger Gabriel Obertan and midfielder Sylvain Marveaux have left Newcastle United by mutual consent, the club said. (www.nufc.co.uk).The Magpies decided to release the French duo, whose contracts were due to expire this summer, as they were unlikely to feature in the club's bid to avoid relegation.Former Manchester United winger Obertan, 27, joined the club in 2011 and scor

May 5 2016
PREVIEW - Party time for Leicester, others hard at work
PREVIEW - Party time for Leicester, others hard at work

Britain Football Soccer - Manchester United v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Old Trafford - 15/16 - 1/5/16 Leicester City's Wes Morgan celebrates scoring their first goal Reuters / Darren StaplesBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) - It will be a party time on Saturday when Leicester City play their first game as Premier League champions, but for the clubs they have left in the shade and those fighting relegation there is serious business

May 5 2016
Tottenham lose their heads and title chances
Tottenham lose their heads and title chances

Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 2/5/16 Chelsea's Gary Cahill scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley LivepicLONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur lost their cool and their Premier League title hopes as they let slip a two-goal lead at Chelsea to draw a stormy London derby 2-2 on Monday.Comfortably ahead at halftime with goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-m

May 3 2016
Leicester's amazing year from impending doom to unimagined glory
Leicester's amazing year from impending doom to unimagined glory

Britain Football Soccer - Leicester City players watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Jamie Vardy's house in Melton Mowbray - Leicester - 2/5/16 Leicester City fans celebrate winning the Premier League Reuters / Darren Staples Livepic By Mitch PhillipsLONDON (Reuters) - In April last year Leicester City were seven points adrift at the foot of the Premier League and seemingly going down.After pulling off an incredible escape, they have pr

7 managers who were hired by and left the same club twice
7 managers who were hired by and left the same club twice

Whether it be by virtue of a scathing dismissal or mutual consent, a manager parting company with a football club is always bound to snatch at a few headlines. Clubs may be lambasted for showing a lack of loyalty or managers may come under fire for losing squad morale so easily, but it’s always a controversial event.Regardless of the circumstances, when a manager leaves a club, it can be difficult to settle down and look for the next opport

May 2 2016
European roundup - Barca stay ahead, Leicester on brink
European roundup - Barca stay ahead, Leicester on brink

Football Soccer - Real Betis v Barcelona- Spanish Liga BBVA - Benito de Villamarin stadium, Seville - 30/4/16 Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic celebrates with team mates after scoring. REUTERS / Marcelo del Pozo LONDON (Reuters) - Barcelona remained at the La Liga summit as the top three sides all won while Leicester City and Bayern Munich missed the chance to secure the Premier League and Bundesliga titles.Bayern were held to a 1-1 home draw by Borussi

May 2 2016
Deadly Defoe is Sunderland's away day hero again
Deadly Defoe is Sunderland's away day hero again

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe. March 30, 2016. Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine. Livepic/FilesBy Neil RobinsonLONDON (Reuters) - Nobody is enjoying his away days like Jermain Defoe just now -- and nobody is more appreciative than manager Sam Allardyce, who fancies that Sunderland would already have been relegated from the Premier League if not for his striker's heroics on the road.Defoe's 93rd-minute penalty that rescued a point for Sunderlan

May 1 2016
Newcastle boost survival hopes, Sunderland snatch draw
Newcastle boost survival hopes, Sunderland snatch draw

Britain Football Soccer - Stoke City v Sunderland - Barclays Premier League - The Britannia Stadium - 30/4/16 Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Stoke's Peter Crouch Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine LivepicBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) - Two crucial penalties, one saved and one converted, added a fresh twist to a desperate relegation dogfight between bitter north-east rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland on Saturday.With Leiceste

Apr 30 2016
Townsend cracker lifts Newcastle out of relegation zone
Townsend cracker lifts Newcastle out of relegation zone

Britain Football Soccer - Newcastle United v Crystal Palace - Barclays Premier League - St James' Park - 30/4/16 Crystal Palace's Wayne Hennessey in action with Newcastle's Andros Townsend Reuters / Andrew Yates LivepicREUTERS - Newcastle United moved out of the relegation zone after a superb Andros Townsend free kick and a penalty save by Karl Darlow gave them a vital 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. The result lifted the Magpies to

Apr 30 2016
The finish line beckons for clubs in the Premier League
The finish line beckons for clubs in the Premier League

Sunderland and Newcastle will be battling to stay in the Premier LeagueIn a season characterised by wild gyrations in the form of just about every club, with the notable exceptions of Leicester and the already relegated Aston Villa, there are still so many clubs for whom the roller coaster hasn’t quite come to a halt as yet. Well, except for Aston Villa and the clubs from 10th to 16th spot.Let us start at the bottom – well, second fro

Apr 30 2016
Allardyce 'mind games' make no difference to Newcastle - Benitez
Allardyce 'mind games' make no difference to Newcastle - Benitez

Football Soccer - Liverpool v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - Anfield - 23/4/16 Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith/ LivepicREUTERS - Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce's remarks about local rivals Newcastle United having an easy job when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday will have no effect on the Magpies' players, manager Rafael Benitez said on Friday.Allardyce believes Palace will not try as hard

Apr 29 2016
Pardew hopes warning from England rugby's Jones can inspire Palace
Pardew hopes warning from England rugby's Jones can inspire Palace

Football Soccer - Crystal Palace v Watford - FA Cup Semi Final - Wembley Stadium - 24/4/16. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Livepic(Reuters) - Manager Alan Pardew said Crystal Palace has been warned by England rugby head coach Eddie Jones not to be complacent after they booked their place in the FA Cup final with a 2-1 victory over Watford on Sunday.Jones was invited to Palace's training ground Beck

Apr 29 2016
Liverpool's Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation - UEFA
Liverpool's Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation - UEFA

Football Soccer - Watford v Liverpool - Barclays Premier League - Vicarage Road - 20/12/15Liverpool's Mamadou SakhoReuters / Cathal McNaughton/File PhotoLivepic/filesLONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Thursday.The 26-year-old France international failed a dope test following his side's Europa League round

Apr 28 2016
Injury-free Wickham keen to reward Pardew's faith at Palace
Injury-free Wickham keen to reward Pardew's faith at Palace

Football Soccer - Crystal Palace v Watford - FA Cup Semi Final - Wembley Stadium - 24/4/16 Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge/ LivepicREUTERS - Striker Connor Wickham said he is eager to repay Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew for sticking with him as he struggled with injury woes through the season.Wickham, 23, who joined from Sunderland last year, has seen his debut campaign

Apr 26 2016
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