Confirmed! Former England manager appointed Newcastle head coach

first_img1 Steve McClaren Steve McClaren has been appointed head coach at Newcastle.The former England manager, who was first offered the job six months ago after Alan Pardew’s contract was relinquished, has agreed a three-year deal at St James’ Park, which could extend to eight.The 54-year-old was sacked by Championship side Derby County at the end of the season after failing to lead the Rams to the play-offs, and was clearly delighted to finally conclude a deal with the Magpies.McClaren said: “I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United FC. This is a big club with a wonderful heritage.“St. James’ Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city, and I am excited to be given this opportunity. I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region.“The supporters are some of the most loyal, passionate and devoted in the world. Despite everything, they maintain their faith. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success.”The ex-Middlesbrough boss will look to establish some stability on Tyneside after a tumultuous second half to the Premier League season, encapsulated by the torrid reign of interim manager John Carver.Carver, who along with fellow coach Steve Stone left the Magpies on Tuesday, mustered just three wins from his 20 matches at the helm, and oversaw a run of eight consecutive defeats which culminated in a narrow escape from relegation.McClaren has been handed the challenge of securing a top-eight finish in the Barclays Premier League and to aim for a first trophy for the club since 1969, and he is candidly aware of the challenge that lies ahead.“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. This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here,” McClaren added.“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.“I’m determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. The hard work starts now.”last_img read more