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Newcastle boss Hughton keen to name Thompson replacement

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is close to naming his new reserves coach.

United expect to appoint a replacement for Alan Thompson, now of Celtic, before the start of pre-season training.

Martin Scott has applied for the role, while Steve Stone is another contender after impressing while working as part of the Academy set-up.

Hughton says it is an important role in his coaching set-up.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "It is up to us to make a decision and it is a very important decision.

"That role is an important one because we have a good development group and we want them to come through and play a part in the first team as soon as possible."

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