Newcastle have issued a statement supporting manager Chris Hughton amid speculation over his future.
Hughton’s deal expires at the end of the season and he has yet to open talks on a new contract with the Tyneside club, who are currently ninth in the Premier League.
“Chris is our manager and will remain our manager,” read a club statement following the club’s 4-0 loss to Arsenal in the Carling Cup.
“It is our intention to renegotiate his contract at the end of the year.”
The build-up to the cup tie was beset by rumours that Hughton’s reign might be coming to an end and although the man himself insisted he wanted to stay at St James’ Park.
“It’s difficult not to [notice the speculation] but I can’t do anything about that apart from the best job possible,” said Hughton, who guided the Magpies to promotion last season.
“I had a remit last season to get into the Premier League and this season it is to keep us in the division. So far, we’ve had our ups and downs but done OK.
“I can’t affect anything that is said but I think it is unfair. As far as I am concerned I’m a very strong character and have to work around these situations.
“I have a job to do and a group of players that have been wonderful for me. We have a focus and nothing will detract from that.”
He added: “I’ve been at this club for two and a half years and have thoroughly enjoyed it and I would like to stay here as long as possible.”