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January 29, 2009

Sunderland travel to bitter rivals, Newcastle United, this weekend hoping to complete a league double over the Magpies for the first time in 42 years.

With Newcastle struggling with form, injuries and a manager in need of elocution lessons, confidence is high on Wearside.

Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 home win against Fulham and playing a team that's in free fall, Sunderland fans will be expecting Ricky Sbragia to play an attacking line-up and go for the win.

The problems at St. James's Park are starting to mount for caretaker manager, Joe Kinnear, and they're problems that the Black Cats will hope to take full advantage of.

January 27, 2009

It seems that Harry Redknapp can't keep his mouth shut when it comes to talking about other team’s players.

His public pursuit of Sunderland striker, Kenwyne Jones, is an annoyance that new boss, Ricky Sbragia, could do without.

The Tottenham Hotspur manager has not been shy in expressing an interest in the Trinidad & Tobago international, a move that has not been welcomed in Sunderland.

January 7, 2009
Posted by Dom Raynor on 01/07/2009

Soccernet's Correspondents pages have provided opinionated football fans with the chance to publish articles to a massive global audience since the year 2000 and although that tradition continues unabated our Soccernet FC continues to evolve.

For 2009 we have brand new publishing system with spanking new pages and we are on the look out for enthusiastic new talent to help fill them with fresh ideas. Soccernet is always interested in hearing from energetic writers we looking for motivated people to join our team of Correspondents.

If you have a passion for your club and want to share your passion and knowledge with million's of Soccernet readers then apply to be a Correspondent on the world's site for the world game.

• Click here to apply for Chelsea

• Click here to apply for Blackburn Rovers

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These positions are unpaid but as part of Soccernet FC you will have your work published online on one of the world's leading football websites and gain experience in the field of football journalism - with a written reference available on request.

You must be able to write in English, to a good level, and convey your ideas and arguments in a cohesive way to fans from all over the globe.

So, if you want to volunteer to represent your club, or just make a name for yourself, click on the relevent link above and tell us what makes you a prime candidate for Soccernet FC - include your writing experience and methods used to gather information - and send us a 250-word (maximum, please) sample of your writing. It could be a match report, or, if your team aren't playing, a news story or opinion piece based on the latest news, or your fantasy scoop.

As a Correspondent you will be required to tell Soccernet's readers what you made of each result, plus club rumours as well as keeping us up to date with team news and speculation and looking ahead to forthcoming fixtures.

The Correspondents pages provide all you zealots with the opportunity to write about your club's journey through the season. Our readers can follow your rollercoaster ride of emotions through post-match euphoria and dejection, then debate all the bias that comes with football.

Lars Knutsen Lars Knutsen was born in Sunderland of Norwegian parents across the Wear from the SSOL back when shipbuilding not car manufacture was the city’s main industry. His first game was in 1968 and he has followed the Black Cats since then, with great memories of the 1973 FA Cup. He hopes the “yo-yo” days are over and defines supporting a team by whether the result affects your mood (but maybe not in the way portrayed in the book “Fever Pitch”!) so has been cheerful recently. He endured school in Newc**tle, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a Professorship at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and works in the Pharma industry as a consultant Medicinal Chemist.

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