Hughton axed

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NEWCASTLE, December 6- Newcastle United have sacked manager Chris Hughton, the English Premier League club announced on their website on Monday.

The north-east side made the announcement a day after Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion, a result that left United 11th in the table.

However, they are only four points above the relegation zone and have not won in their last five games.

"Newcastle United Football Club have today (Monday) parted company with manager Chris Hughton," the statement said.

"Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today.

"The board would also like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League football."

Hughton, 51, led Newcastle to promotion from the second-tier Championship last season and was in his first full-time role as a head coach.

Newcastle thanked former assistant boss Hughton for his efforts but the Magpies’ statement added: "Regrettably, the board now feels 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."

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