Newcastle United have given their full backing to Chris Hughton, as rumours over the Magpies manager's future continue to do the rounds.
Hughton's current contract runs out at the end of the season, but Newcastle insist that the former Spurs coach is the right man to take the club forward.
A short statement read: "Chris is our manager and will remain our manager and it is our intention to renegotiate his contract at the end of the year."
Meanwhile, Hughton admitted that the continuing speculation was not helping him, after seeing his side beaten 4-0 at home by Arsenal in the Carling Cup.
He added:"It's difficult not to notice the speculation, but I can't do anything about that apart from the best job possible.
"I had a remit last season to get into the Premier League and this season it is to keep us in the division. So far, we've had our ups and downs but done okay.
"I can't affect anything that is said, but I think it is unfair. As far as I am concerned I'm a very strong character and have to work around these situations.
"I have a job to do and a group of players that have been wonderful for me. We have a focus and nothing will detract from that.
"I've been at this club for two-and-half years and have thoroughly enjoyed it and I would like to stay here as long as possible."