Hughton in talks over Magpies job

19 October 2009 03:55
Newcastle United caretaker boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he is in talks to become the club's permanent manager.Hughton, 50, is in his third spell as caretaker boss since joining the club as first team coach under former manager Kevin Keegan in 2008. "Discussions have taken place, and hopefully discussions will continue," he told BBC Radio Newcastle. "An opportunity to turn it from a temporary role to a full-time role is very exciting for me." Hughton's latest spell as caretaker boss began in the summer following the club's relegation from the Premier League. The former Republic of Ireland defender and assistant coach had two spells in charge at St James' Park last season, as Newcastle used four managers and were put up for sale for a second time by owner Mike Ashley. But a positive start to the new campaign saw Hughton win successive manager of the month awards and his side compete at the top end of the table. "We've had a good start to the season and that gives you optimism and confidence," Hughton continued. "It's a good reaction I've got from most quarters so it gives you more of a lift to take this job and, of course, complete this job."

Source: BBC_Sport