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Last Updated: Friday, 22 February 2008, 16:09 GMT
Hughton poised for Newcastle role
Chris Hughton
Hughton left Tottenham in September
Newcastle are set to give former Tottenham assistant boss Chris Hughton a coaching role at St James' Park.

The 49-year-old has been out of work since October when he and manager Martin Jol were sacked by Tottenham.

He is expected to replace Nigel Pearson, who left St James' Park in the wake of Kevin Keegan's appointment as manager in January.

Hughton spent more than 14 years on the Tottenham backroom staff, serving under 10 different managers.

The former defender also began his playing career at White Hart Lane and earned 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 1979 and 1993.

606: DEBATE

When Keegan's surprise appointment was revealed, there was widespread speculation that Alan Shearer could be given a role in his coaching team.

However, that hope faded dramatically following talks between the Magpies goalscoring hero and the new manager.

Newcastle have since appointed Dennis Wise as executive director of football as the club put together a new management team following Sam Allardyce's sacking in January.

SEE ALSO
Pearson appointed Saints manager
18 Feb 08 |  Southampton
Coach Pearson departs Newcastle
09 Feb 08 |  Newcastle United
Wise gets powerful Newcastle role
29 Jan 08 |  Newcastle United
Shearer assistant role ruled out
25 Jan 08 |  Newcastle United


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