Date: 15th March 2009 at 10:39am
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Newcastle United have put together a financial package to keep managerial team Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at the club until 2011, reports The News of the World.

Mike Ashley has been so impressed with the trio’s performance this season that he wants to see more of the same next year as well.

Club sources indicate that Derek Llambias has been tasked with keeping the management team intact by ‘whatever means necessary.’

The Magpies lie 16th in the league at the moment, and one might be dumbstruck to come to terms why Ashley is so adamant on keeping the trio.