Newcastle have parted company with Chris Hughton and are looking to appoint a new boss with 'more managerial experience'.
Despite the well-respected Hughton leading the Magpies back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, his services have now been dispensed with following Sunday's 3-1 defeat at West Brom.
The Tyneside club are currently sat in 11th place in the table and enjoyed a 5-1 derby romp against bitter local rivals Sunderland this term, stunned Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and held champions Chelsea on home turf.
But owner Mike Ashley has decided that the time has come to make a change at the helm and the search is now on for a new man to step through the seemingly revolving door to the manager's office at St James' Park.
Hughton initially took charge on a temporary basis following relegation under Alan Shearer at the end of the 2008/09 season before being handed the reins on a permanent basis.
Speculation over his position has never been far from the headlines this season, and only this weekend he was forced to deny suggestions that player power was influencing his team selections.
Further reports surfaced on Monday morning that the 51-year-old was facing the axe, with the club confirming that Hughton had departed shortly after 2pm.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today.
"The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club's transition from Championship to Premier League football.
"Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.
"Regrettably the board now feels that 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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