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CHN Links: Friday Edition

Good afternoon, Toon Army. Chris Hughton's "testing times" just got a little more trying. Read more after the jump.

Carroll's car was set on fire, its windows were smashed, and its bonnet was forcibly opened. A quick search tells me that "bonnet" means trunk.
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Andy Carroll remains a fixture in the headlines. After his second assault charge, Carroll was released on bail to live with team captain Kevin Nolan. Nolan's address was released in news stories following the incident, and perhaps as a result, Andy's Range Rover was torched and Kevin's garage door was covered in graffiti. (MirrorFootball) Chris Hughton is insisting that the team will stand behind Andy, (Sky Sports) and has also told his striker to focus on football. (Luke Edwards, The Journal) Kieron Dyer, himself not a stranger to off the field controversy while at Newcastle United, has some words of advice for Carroll. (Luke Edwards, The Journal)

Next week is Chris Hughton's one-year anniversary as permanent manager with Newcastle United, and he would like a win to celebrate. Let's hope this planned celebration goes better than Andy Carroll's did. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle) Hughton has found himself in a position where he has to defend himself, saying the club needs stability. (Sky Sports)

Kevin Nolan is set to return to the starting lineup against West Ham. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Chris Hughton called Fabricio Coloccini his most consistent player. (Sky Sports)

Wayne Routledge says Newcastle's strength is in its dressing room. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Danny Simpson says he's ready to play, but Chris Hughton is concerned that he's not in game shape. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Steven Taylor will return to training - for real this time. (BPL Official Site)

Former Magpie Paul Gascoigne is in trouble with the law again, this time for possession of drugs. (CaughtOffside)

Northampton Town will not be extending the loan of Ben Tozer, who has been suspended for throwing a ball at a Hereford player. (BBC Sport)