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Steve McClaren takes Newcastle hot-seat

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Newcastle United have confirmed that Steve McClaren is the clubs new manager.

The 54, who has managed in England, the Netherlands and Germany, replaces caretaker manager John Carver, who was sacked on Tuesday.

McClaren, who arrives at St. James Park on a three year deal, said: “I’m determined to give the supporters a team they can be proud of.”

Some Newcastle fans were sceptical about the arrival of the former England manager, having managed rivals Middlesbrough, and most recently being sacked by Championship club Derby County after failing to finish in the playoffs.

But two successful spells at Dutch club FC Twente and a spell at Champions League competing side Wolfsburg in Germany has proven that McClaren has what it takes to succeed in management, have failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championships whilst in charge of England.

McClaren has told the fans that silverware will be his priority this season, with the club having not won a trophy in 60 years.

“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,” he said.

“This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here.

“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.”

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About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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