Kevin Nolan offers support to Chris Hughton

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Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan has leapt to the defence of under-pressure manager Chris Hughton.

Speculation surrounding his future has been rife in recent days and, following the midweek 4-0 Carling Cup loss to Arsenal at St James' Park, the voices grew stronger ahead of Sunday's massive Tyne-Wear derby clash with Sunderland.

Despite the ongoing murmurs, Nolan wants Hughton to remain at the helm regardless of the weekend result.

"No matter what happens on Sunday we are going to still be 110 per cent behind Chris Hughton," Nolan told Sky Sports News.

"For the statements, for anything else we don't care what anyone else says outside. As a group of players, as a squad, as a staff and I believe as fans too we believe we are going in the right direction and the main focal point and the main leader in that is Chris Hughton.

"I think the talk is absolutely ridiculous on him having to win a game to stay in his job, it is absolutely ridiculous.

"No matter what we want to see Chris Hughton in charge of us and we believe we are going in the right way with him in charge of us."

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