Ex-England boss McClaren takes over at Newcastle

Newcastle United have appointed former England manager Steve McClaren as their new head coach on a three-year deal, which could extend to eight seasons.

The 54-year-old replaces John Carver who was sacked as caretaker manager on Tuesday after winning just three of 20 games, a run which saw the Magpies narrowly avoid relegation.

Steve McClaren image: nufc.co.uk

This is Steve McClaren’s first job back in the Premier League since leaving Middlesbrough in 2006
image: nufc.co.uk

McClaren was sacked as Derby manager following the Rams failure to secure a play-off place and had previously turned down the managerial position at St.James Park twice, including turning down the role in December after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace.

In a statement on the club’s website, McClaren spoke of his delight to take over at St.James Park and hopes to bring silverware back to the club during his time as manager.

“This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here,” said the former Middlesbrough man.

“I’ve already won trophies as a manager, and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League.

“There’s a lot of work to do, but the club has made it clear about wanting success and I would not have come here if I didn’t believe they were serious.

“I’m determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. The hard work starts now.”

McClaren brings with him 20 years of managerial experience, where his biggest accomplishments include winning the Eredivisie with Twente in 2010 and guiding Middlesbrough to a League Cup win in 2004 and to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006.

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