Newcastle United sack manager Chris Hughton

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Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton following a recent slump in form.

The Toon Army currently lie 11th in the Premier League after being promoted from the Championship last season.

And despite impressive performances against Chelsea and Arsenal, the north-east club recently suffered to heavy defeats – losing 5-1 to Bolton and 3-1 to West Brom.

Hughton was appointed caretaker manager for Newcastle following their relegation from the top flight in 2009 and was given the job on a permanent basis in October following an excellent start to the season in the English game’s second tier.

A statement on the Newcastle United website said: “The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League football.

“Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.

“Regrettably the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.

“The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.”

The statement has also revealed goalkeeping coach Paul Barron was to leave the club with immediate affect.

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