Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hughton Named Permanent Boss; Hughton Confirmed as United Manager

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hughton Named Permanent Boss; Hughton Confirmed as United Manager

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Byline: Steve Brown

NEWCASTLE United last night named Chris Hughton permanent manager - and announced owner Mike Ashley had taken the club off the market.

Hughton (left) has been given charge of the Championship side until the end of the 2010-11 season and handed a transfer kitty of pounds 20m to help get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

He said: "It is a very proud day for me to be named as the manager of this magnificent football club."

Ashley paid a rare midweek visit to the Magpies' Benton training ground yesterday before announcing that he has given up trying to sell the club for the time being.

The Newcastle owner admitted recently that he aimed to reward Hughton's impressive handling of the caretaker role with a permanent position and was spotted arriving at Newcastle's training complex by helicopter yesterday.

However, while the move fortifies Hughton's position - along with assistant Colin Calderwood, who this week turned down the opportunity to manage Tranmere Rovers - United's defensive ranks continue to look much less stable. Newcastle were informed by the FA yesterday that Zurab Khizanishvili's appeal for his red card against Doncaster had been rejected.

The Georgian international was sent off during United's 2-1 home win over Doncaster when, intervening in a clash between teammate Tamas Kadar and Rovers striker Billy Sharp, he grabbed his opponent by the neck. After consultation with a linesman, referee Darren Deadman dismissed Khizanishvili with a straight red for violent conduct, which automatically carries an instant three-match ban. Hughton announced himself "astounded" by the decision, with United believing Sharp, who received a booking, to be the ins tigator. And at the risk of the suspension being extended on the grounds of 'frivolity', as was the case last season with Middlesbrough's Jeremie Aliadiere, United opted to appeal to the FA, not against the "validity" of the decision to award a red card, but simply to dispute the charge of violent conduct. …

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