Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton has yet to offer anyone the assistant manager post.
Magpies chief in no rush over assistant
Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton has yet to offer anyone the assistant manager post, despite speculation Steve Clarke is to take over the role.
The former Tottenham full-back launched a search last week after assistant Colin Calderwood returned to management in his own right at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.
Hughton has been linked with a number of targets, including former Magpies coach Clarke, but insists he is yet to make a decision over his new number two.
"It's something I have wanted to take some time over," said Hughton, whose side take on Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.
"I don't expect to take too long over it, but I haven't named one yet.
"I have a few in mind, but certainly no decisions have been made yet."
Asked specifically about the speculation surrounding Clarke, he said: "Probably the reason it has been mentioned is because he is a very, very good coach who is available and he has a history at this club.
"But he is one of a few very good coaches who I would have thought about, but I categorically haven't made any decisions yet.
"I have given myself that little bit of time to make what I feel will be the best decision."