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Hughton remains silent over Magpies future

(GSM) – Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton remained tight-lipped regarding contractual talks with the club after a 5-1 derby day rout of Sunderland.

Hughton, who had received a backing from the club with a statement confirming their intention to renegotiate his deal, has yet to settle his future at St James Park.

Despite the backing, which was interpreted in some circles as the dreaded vote of confidence, Hughton’s players gave a huge lift to his case when they tore Black Cats apart to leapfrog them in the Premier League table.

Asked if the rousing win had added firepower to his armoury, the 51-year-old said: “My position is no different this week to what it was last week and the week before.

“I am manager of this football club and very proud to be manager of this football club, and I am endeavouring to get the best results possible, and we were able to do that today.

“My position is no different. Those decisions are always down to the club, as they always have been.

“My remit at this moment is to do the best job that I can. I am incredibly proud of a group of players today who made a very, very difficult game comfortable at times for them.”

Sun 31 October, 2010
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