Newcastle United set to appoint Steve McClaren

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 June 2015, 08:51

Steve McClarenNewcastle United are set to announce the appointment of Steve McClaren as their new head coach. The former England manager, who twice turned the Toon down last term, will replace John Carver in the dugout, with the club likely to unveil the 54-year-old next week when he returns from holiday.

Ealier in the week Patrick Vieira emerged as a surprise contender for the post, however talks between the Frenchman and the Magpies crumbled. Meanwhile, Carver was keen to continue to lead the club, but in the end was overlooked in favour of McClaren, although the Geordie is expected to stay on in a coaching capacity.

It marks a relatively swift return to the dugout for McClaren, who lost his job at Championship side Derby last month after failing to lead the club into the play-offs. With 13 games to go the Rams were challenging for a top-2 spot, however a dire run of form saw them slip out of the play-offs on the last day of the season.

McClaren will now be tasked with re-building Newcastle following a wretched end to the 2014/15 campaign, in which they only avoided relegation on the final day. The Toon will reportedly hand McClaren significant funds in the transfer market in order to kick-start a new era at St James' Park.

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