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Newcastle hopeful of naming manager by the weekend

Alan Pardew and Martin Jol
Pardew and Jol are thought to be on the short list

Newcastle have stepped up their search for a full-time boss with the aim of announcing Chris Hughton's successor by the weekend, BBC Sport understands.

Former Southampton boss Alan Pardew is considered a strong candidate, with ex-Tottenham coach Martin Jol also linked after he quit as Ajax coach on Monday.

Hughton led Newcastle into the top flight last season but the club said it wanted someone "with more experience".

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has said he will not be the next boss.

Shearer, 40, was brought in as caretaker manager in April 2009, but was unable to save the club from relegation to the Championship that season.

"I won't be the next Newcastle manager," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "I can guarantee you that."

The Magpies have installed reserve team coach Peter Beardsley in temporary charge, with former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley and ex-Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill also linked with the job.

BBC Sport understands that Pardew was in talks with Newcastle about taking over at St James' Park as long as 10 days ago.

It is believed Pardew became close friends with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and director Derek Llambias when all three were familiar faces at an exclusive London casino where Llambias was managing director.

Following the dismissal of Hughton, a Newcastle statement said: "The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris Hughton for his considerable efforts during the club's transition from Championship to Premier League club.

"Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well in the future. The task of appointing a new manager now begins."


Shearer added that he believes Newcastle's owners have unrealistic expectations of what the club can achieve in the short term.

"I wonder to myself where they think Newcastle should be, if they think they should be higher than mid-table, because I'm not being disrespectful to the squad but they're not going to finish in the top six or seven," said Shearer.

"That is not Newcastle's season. Newcastle's season this year should be all about staying in the Premier League.

"At this moment in time there's no danger of them [being relegated]. For me, Chris was doing a very, very fine job."

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see also
Boss Hughton sacked by Newcastle
07 Dec 10 |  Newcastle
Jol steps down as manager of Ajax
06 Dec 10 |  Europe
Lovenkrands retains Magpies faith
06 Dec 10 |  Newcastle
West Brom 3-1 Newcastle
05 Dec 10 |  Premier League
Newcastle promoted to top flight
06 Apr 10 |  Newcastle
In pictures: Chris Hughton's reign
07 Dec 10 |  Front Page

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