Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hughton Expecting His Duo to Stay; Hughton Expects His Duo to Stay

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hughton Expecting His Duo to Stay; Hughton Expects His Duo to Stay

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CHRIS Hughton insists Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor will both be at Newcastle United next season - as the defiant boss defended the way he has handled the club's top scorer, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Although United have a huge promotion clash this evening some of the attention on the Nottingham Forest game has been deflected towards the fallout from the training ground spat that resulted in Taylor's jaw being broken in two places.

Weekend reports claimed that Taylor would be looking for a way out of the club in the summer as a result of the alleged incident.

With the club still refusing to comment or even acknowledge it, there remains confusion over precisely what happened and what the fall-out may be.

With promotion in touching distance, Hughton (pictured left) will continue to take a pragmatic view of the events. And despite his alleged indiscretion, Carroll will partner Peter Lovenkrands tonight.

Grilled over the weekend on his decision to stick by the England Under-21 striker, who he dropped for disciplinary reasons in December, the United boss said he was under no obligation to go into the specifics of his selection - saying his focus is solely trained on winning football games. He expects the two to play in the same team again next season and asked whether Carroll and Taylor will be Newcastle players next term,

Hughton replied: "Absolutely." Clearly it has been a testing time for Hughton but once again, he deserves plenty of credit for the way his side has reacted in adversity. The defeat of Doncaster in midweek means Newcastle could be as little as six points away from ending their Premier League exile just 11 months after they were ejected from the promised land. And Hughton believes that the success of the team justifies his pragmatic approach. …

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