Kevin Nolan vows to move on from Chris Hughton

Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan has insisted he and his team-mates will move on quickly from the disappointment of losing manager Chris Hughton.

There was as much surprise within the dressing room at St James' Park as there was outside it when Hughton received his marching orders on Monday having dragged the club back into the Barclays Premier League and into a respectable mid-table position.

However, Nolan, who trained for the first time under new boss Alan Pardew this morning, is adamant the players' unhappiness will not distract them from their survival mission.

Writing in his programme notes ahead of tomorrow evening's clash with Liverpool, he said: "We can't deny it's been a tough week.

"But we know have to put it behind us and, as players, we have to move on.

"We have accepted what has happened and we will move on. As players, we are now concentrating on getting a good result against Liverpool."

Nolan was one of the first to react to news of Hughton's departure earlier in the week, and he admits the news came as a huge blow.

He said: "I speak for all of the players when I say we were disappointed to see Chris leave the club.

"It's no secret that everyone was saddened to see him go.

"I'm sure Chris will go on to be a success wherever he goes next, and we wish him all the very best for the future and thank him for everything he achieved here.

"Hopefully we can carry on the good work he put in during his time here.

"We simply have to stick together and rely on the great spirit that exists at this club."