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1 Hughton - Squad support me on Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:28 pm

Newcastle United caretaker coach Chris Hughton is 'convinced' he still has the 100 per cent support of the players.

Hughton is currently in temporary control of the first team, along with Colin Calderwood, while Joe Kinnear recovers from the heart surgery he underwent last month.

During Kinnear's absence the Magpies have slipped into the Premier League relegation zone and reports have claimed the players feel Hughton and Calderwood lack the necessary experience to keep the club up.

Terry Venables has been mooted as a stop-gap appointment, but Hughton is confident that there are no dissenting voices within the St James' Park camp.

"I am convinced I still have the dressing room behind me 100 per cent," said Hughton in the Northern Echo. "It doesn't worry me in the slightest that a player has supposedly said these things.

"I think the only thing that you can react to are facts. And at the moment there is no fact to anything that's been written or from the sources that it's supposedly coming from.

"To be honest with you I just dismiss it."

React to reality
He added: "I have got a job to be getting on with, just as everybody else at the club has their own job.

"In these times you're going to get differences of opinion, hear stories that you don't like, get reactions you don't like. I think that if you take notice of what you hear or read then you're not going to be able to do your job to the best of your ability.

"All I can react to is reality. We're not winning enough football matches.

"Morale is good on the training ground and I'm comfortable with the mood in the camp."

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