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done deal Chris Hughton gives his verdict on the controversial Newcastle takeover

Hughton has backed Eddie Howe to succeed at Newcastle and insisted he would have no qualms about working for the club's owners.

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Chris Hughton took on the task of returning Newcastle to the Premier League (Martin Rickett/PA)

Chris Hughton took on the task of returning Newcastle to the Premier League (Martin Rickett/PA)

Chris Hughton took on the task of returning Newcastle to the Premier League (Martin Rickett/PA)

Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has insisted it is not up to football people to make a judgement on whether the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover should have been allowed to go through.

Newly-appointed Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is set to be in the dug-out for the first time as Newcastle manager when his side take on Arsenal on Saturday, with the controversy over the takeover still rumbling on.

Yet Hughton has backed Howe to succeed in the role and insisted he would have no qualms about working for the club's new owners.

"If the Premier League have allowed this takeover to happen and we have to follow their guidelines," Hughton told sundayworld.com in an exclusive interview.

"If you ask me whether I would take the job under these owners, of course I would. We don't decide who can run a football club and if the Premier League have sanctioned this, then you go with that.

"Eddie has spoken very well since he took the job and from a football perspective, it is a very exciting prospect.

"What we have to say about the immediate position is there are in a relegation battle and if the backers they now have running the club are to be successful, the first task they have to accomplish is staying in the Premier League. If they do go down, all their plans will be put on the backburner for a couple of years.

"When you look at the teams towards the bottom of that division, you could make a case for all of them to stay up, so it is going to be a real battle for Newcastle."

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Chris Hughton guided Newcastle back into the Premier League as champions (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Chris Hughton guided Newcastle back into the Premier League as champions (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Chris Hughton guided Newcastle back into the Premier League as champions (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Meanwhile, former Ireland full-back Hughton has confirmed he is ready to get back into management after his sacking at Nottingham Forest in September.

"I would like to get back in if the right opportunity comes along," added the former Norwich, Birmingham, Norwich and Brighton boss.

"The job is becoming tougher than ever because managers are not given time to build at a club anymore, but I like working with players and want to get back into the game as soon as possible.

"With the turnover in managers the way it is at the moment, jobs are coming up all the time and it is just a case of taking the right one."

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