Chris Hughton coy on new contract talk


Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is unsure whether he will be handed a new contract, even after his side thrashed local rivals Sunderland 5-1 at St James' Park.

Speculation concerning Hughton's future resurfaced after last week's Carling Cup exit to Arsenal and there remain doubts about whether he will be offered a new deal.

Hughton refused to be drawn into making any definitive comment about his position after the game, only saying:"My position is no different this week to what it was last week and the week before.

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

"Those decisions are down to the club, as they always have been. My remit at this moment is to do the best job that I can.

"I'm incredibly proud of a group of players today who made a very, very difficult game comfortable at times."

Of his side's victory, the former Spurs star added:"If you'd have asked me before today's game would I settle for a scrappy 1-0 win where perhaps we didn't play so well, of course I'd have done.

"It's about the three points, which sees us go a couple of places up the table, which is a really nice feeling at this stage.

"But this is a massive game around these parts. We weren't in this fixture last year, they've had to wait two years for it, and to do it in the fashion we've done has certainly made this city fairly buoyant.

"I'm very, very proud. We had a group of players today who went into what was always going to be a very tough game. Sunderland are a side in very good form at the moment and have a lot of quality in the team.

"The first period was always going to be a little bit to and fro. We fortunately got the first goal, but I thought the way the team pushed not only to get the second, but to get the third and then the fourth and fifth, it was an outstanding performance."

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