Kevin Ball departs from Sunderland
Sunderland have announced Kevin Ball will be leaving the club after 30 years.
Whether it’s remembering his skills on the pitch or the knowledge he has passed on as captain, Sunderland have no doubt that the club legend has left an “indelible mark” on the club’s history books.
The four-time Player of the Year earned the well deserved status of being one of the “club’s greatest icons of all time.”
‘Bally,’ as he is affectionately known by the club, time at Sunderland has finally come to an end after three dedicated decades.
Chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus said: “Kevin is a Sunderland AFC legend in the truest sense of the word and he will always be welcome at the Stadium of Light.
“As a player, coach and ambassador, he has embodied the spirit of Sunderland and set an example to all of those around him, including players and staff.”
Louis-Dreyfus thanked him for his “immense contribution” to the club.
Ball started his career with Sunderland as a midfielder, arriving on Wearside in 1990, and finished it serving as International Development Executive and Club Ambassador.
A highlight of his nearly 400 appearances for the Black Cats is scoring in the 1998 Play Off Final penalty shootout.
At the Academy of Light he played a lead role in the development of England internationals Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford, as well as countless others that have played, and continue to play, at the highest levels of the game.
He also captained the Roker Men to victory in 1995-96 and 1998-99 when they won the Championship title.
Ball left Sunderland for spells with Fulham and Burnley, however returned to the team to coach in 2003.
Sunderland have praised him for always stepping up when the club “needed it most.”
In a statement, the club said: “All at SAFC place on record their gratitude to Kevin for his leadership and friendship and we wish him and his family the very best for the future.”
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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV
It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.
It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.
From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.
ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.
ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.
Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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