Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is hoping to stay at St James' Park for the long term after the club moved to end speculation over his future.
Within minutes of Wednesday night's 4-0 Carling Cup fourth round defeat by Arsenal, the Magpies issued a statement insisting that they intend to resolve Hughton's contractual situation - his current deal is due to expire at the end of this season - by the turn of the year.
The news came after days of speculation that his time on Tyneside was drawing to a close with former boss Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew among those being touted as his replacement.
Speaking after being told of the statement, Hughton said: "I have been at this club now for two and a half years and I have got to know everybody very well.
"I have very much enjoyed my time here and I am very, very happy here and would like to stay here for as long as possible."