Hughton wants stability

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Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton wants an end to the uncertainty surrounding the club so they can build on their impressive start to life in the Coca-Cola Championship.

The Magpies will on Monday find out whether owner Mike Ashley has managed to sell the club, with Alan Shearer still waiting in the wings to take over as manager.

But Hughton is putting forward a strong case to stay in charge himself, having guided the Magpies to a third successive win with a battling 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace, and he said: "We are not far off. We have quality here."

He continued: "The decision the club have to make is whether it is enough to compete if we pick up a few injuries - there will be a time when we are stretched.

"I'm hoping we don't lose any more players but that is something that will only be determined over the next week."

Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor got United's goals, while Palace had their chances, with Steve Harper saving from Freddie Sears and Darren Ambrose, while manager Neil Warnock pointed to a penalty claim early in the second half when Alan Smith felled Alassane N'Diaye, which was waved away by ref Andy D'Urso.

"Smithy was all over Alassane and anywhere else on the pitch that's a foul, but that ref has never given me much over the years,'' said Warnock.

"We never really gave ourselves a chance. The goals were a disgrace at this level but you get punished by good players."

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