The Roker Roundup: March 6th 2012 - McClean Bites Back At Pardew & Gyan Bidding Heats Up

What's love got to do with it, got to do with it? Nothing, it's the news.

It's Tuesday, it's 6:30pm, and it's time for yet another marvellous little Roker Roundup. The feature where we bring you the best of the day's SAFC news and then some. Actually there's no other 'some' it's all just SAFC news, but it sounded cool.

Anyway, it's March 6th, and on this day in history Cassius Clay officially became Muhammad Ali, and it's the birthday of 1973 FA Cup winner and radio host, Mickey Horswill. I'm sure he'll be raising a glass to himself tonight.

Back to the present day though, here's what's been happening in the world of SAFC...

So the fallout from the Tyne-Wear derby still rumbles on, with James McClean talking to both the press, and Twitter to in effect say he wasn't happy with Alan Pardew's comments after the game - CLICK HERE

McClean seems to be the man of the moment at the club, with Martin O'Neill admitting today that he had never heard of the Irishman until he arrived at the club. With Steve Bruce highly reluctant to let him loose on the Premier League prior to O'Neill's arrival, it's hardly startling news - CLICK HERE

David Meyler and chums have also been having a bit of a jape at McClean's expense in the dressing room, pointing out he looks a bit like an an Albino. When you think about it, he does kind of remind you of Darnell, once of Big Brother fame - CLICK HERE

Martin O'Neill and Michael Turner have been mourning the losses of Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon for the foreseeable future. For those unaware, Catts has a four game ban, and Sess a three game ban. Both will be missed greatly as we try to get to the FA Cup Semi-Final - CLICK HERE

It looks like there'll be a bidding war for Asamoah Gyan. The president of Al-Ain, where the Ghanaian currently is, says despite interest from a Qatari side, his club are in the driving seat to secure his future. Sounds like war to me, so go for it Al-Ain, bid more than this other side - CLICK HERE

One of the finest journalists to emerge from the North East in recent times is Jonathan Wilson, I'm sure you've heard of him, and he's been in fine form today for BT's Life's A Pitch, talking about O'Neill, and the challenges that lie ahead for him - CLICK HERE

Meanwhile John Egan has joined Sheffield United on a month-long loan deal. This will be the second loan move of the season for the current Eire U19 Player Of The Year - CLICK HERE

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