Moat and Shearer look on as Toon take the top spot

<strong>NEWCASTLE UTD (1) </strong>vs <strong>LEICESTER CITY (0)</strong><br /><br />PROSPECTIVE buyer Barry Moat and would-be manager Alan Shearer watched from the stands as Newcastle climbed to the top of the Championship with this victory.<br /><br />Moat and Shearer looked on alongside owner Mike Ashley as Danny Guthrie&rsquo;s 52nd minute strike handed the Magpies a fourth successive win.<br /><br />Local businessman Moat was handed extra time last week to put financial arrangements in place for launching a formal bid for the club.<br /><br />But he and Shearer are still far from sitting comfortably at St James&rsquo;s Park with reports suggesting that a New York-based consortium were planning to hijack any prospective deal and open takeover talks with Ashley and chief executive Derek Llambias in the next 48 hours.<br /><br />Victory was sweet for Toon caretaker boss Chris Hughton, whose options have been severely limited by a series of injuries. Indeed not one of his seven substitutes named had made a league start between them.<br /><br />Guthrie&rsquo;s thumping drive from the edge of the box settled a game of few chances.