Two defeats and a change in the backroom staff is unlikely to have any lasting impact on The Magpies' season. Right?
Manchester United will face Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-finals, while Southampton take on Liverpool.
Rangers lost 2-0 to Hearts.
Southampton, who are expected to lose Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte in the coming transfer windows, are one of two clubs said to be keen on the Tottenham Hotspur man.
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is a reported target for Sunderland.
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is keen to improve the quality of his first team squad at the next available opportunity.
Manchester United swept into the EFL Cup semi-finals with the kind of buccaneering display missing from their recent history. This was fast and ruthless and surely had José Mourinho beaming. The Portuguese’s side were unstoppable and at United the hope will be this proves the moment it all clicked for him and his players on an evening when the tone was set from the opening moment.
Ellis Short is open to offers from those wanting to buy Sunderland but no bids are believed to be on the table and realistically it may be a long time before any deal is done.
Wayne Rooney may be having a chequered season, both on the pitch and off it, though he is at that stage in an illustrious career where history beckons at every turn.
Arsène Wenger berated his Arsenal players for a lack of urgency and incision after they conceded two “cheap goals” in suffering a first defeat since the opening weekend of the season in the League Cup quarter-finals against Southampton. They left the pitch at the end of both halves to a chorus of boos from the home support.