Chris Hughton in no rush to appoint Newcastle assistant

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Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton will take his time over appointing a new assistant following the departure of Colin Calderwood.

Calderwood left St James' Park last week to take the managerial reins at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

Former Magpies coach and Chelsea number two Steve Clarke has been linked with a return to the north-east, but Hughton is in no rush to make a backroom appointment.

"It's something I have wanted to take some time over. I don't expect to take too long over it, but I haven't named one yet," he explained.

"I have a few in mind, but certainly no decisions have been made yet."

Speaking about Clarke, who has been out of work since leaving West Ham at the end of last season, Hughton added:"Probably the reason it has been mentioned is because he is a very, very good coach who is available and he has a history at this club.

"But he is one of a few very good coaches who I would have thought about, but I categorically haven't made any decisions yet.

"I have given myself that little bit of time to make what I feel will be the best decision."

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