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Newcastle United players turn up heat on owner Mike Ashley

Captain Kevin Nolan and team-mates Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi enthusiastically endorsed Hughton's managerial credentials in the wake of the 5-1 humiliation of Sunderland on Sunday and called upon Ashley to secure his services on a long-term basis.

"I find it quite surprising that we are talking about Chris and his job," said Nolan following his hat-trick against Sunderland. "What he's had to put up with over the last couple of weeks he's dealt with magnificently.

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GJ234225d ago

About time they did this. The manager has proved himself worthy of the job in recent weeks.

kulka4225d ago

The manager is one of the best there is he has done an amazing job get rid of Ashley not him