Here's all the latest news from Newcastle and Sunderland this Friday morning.
The Sunderland Echo reports that Alan Pardew and Newcastle are committed to bringing home grown talent through the club.
‘Rest assured, as manager of the football team, I’m very focused on the Academy promoting talent from this area.’
Despite this statement, Pardew’s side could start the game against Aston Villa at the weekend without a British player in their XI.
Newcastle United has received some criticism for bringing in a whole raft of foreign players. Pardew’s comments come after new FA Chairman Greg Dyke announced that he thinks there are not enough English players getting Premier League game time.
In the meantime, The Journal reports that Newcastle legends Andy Cole and Alan Shearer have both stated that Newcastle will never win the Premier League.
Cole said: ‘Newcastle United aren’t going to win the Premier League, only three or four teams can win the league now. Football has changed and Newcastle used to be a lot closer. ‘
Both players were speaking after Steve Harper’s charity event earlier this week.
Meanwhile there's hope in the club that Sunderland can turn their form around, especially against the bigger teams.
The Sunderland Echo reports that Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio believes his side will come good in the big games.
He said: ‘I have had a feeling for a while that we will find it easier against the top teams to play the sort of football we want to.’
Di Canio has also declared that Lee Cattermole still has a place at the club despite being stripped of the captaincy over the summer.
He told the Hartlepool mail: ‘I don’t have prejudice and now that he’s back with us, I treat him like the most important player in the squad.
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