Premier League - Paper Round: Hughton's crazy life at Newcastle

Tue, 07 Dec 08:53:00 2010

The papers are full of Chris Hughton stories after his sacking on Monday but it is the Daily Mirror that really comes up with the juice about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at St James' Park.

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An exclusive piece from Simon Bird lists a string of revelations as to just what Hughton had to put up with at the club.

According to Bird, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias sacked Hughton because he was not "showbusiness" enough for them and they wanted a manager who would attract the Sky cameras to St James' Park more often - as each visit from the television station pockets the club 500,000.

Among the other nonsense that Hughton had to put up with was a duty to submit predictions for future games which he then had to discuss and compare with the Newcastle chiefs' own set of tips.

According to the paper, he also had to hold meetings with Ashley and Llambias before matches in order to listen to their football input as the pair considered themselves experts.

He was also accused of 'milking the crowd' after Newcastle beat Sunderland 5-1 in the Tyne-Wear derby when the fans chanted his name.

And finally, the paper claims that Hughton was furious that his policy of treating the players like adults was perceived as 'weakness' by the men in charge.

The Mirror, along with a number of other papers, speculate that Martin Jol, who left Ajax on Monday night, will be the next manager with Alan Pardew also linked in numerous papers.

The Independent meanwhile claims that Andy Carroll could now leave Newcastle in a 15 million deal as he was so close to his now former boss.

Some transfer rumours away from the Toon Army: Tottenham are edging closer to concluding a deal for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar according to both The Sun and the Daily Mail. The South African is out of contract at the end of the season.

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is also linked with a move to White Hart Lane after falling out with Stuttgart manager Jens Keller. (Daily Mail)

Both Liverpool and Celtic are interested in Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia but the Latics insist they don't need to sell. (Sun)

Arsenal have been linked with both Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks and West Brom's Borja Valero, who is currently on loan at Villarreal. (Sun)

West Ham are lining up a bid for Aston Villa's John Carew in January as they prepare to listen to offers for Carlton Cole. (Mirror)

Birmingham are interested in Fiorentina striker/winger Papa Waigo N'Diaye. The Senegalese spent last season on loan at Southampton. (Various).

And finally Milan Jovanovic has been offered the chance to end his Liverpool nightmare by Turkish side Trabzonspor.

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