Managing director Lee Charnley says Steve McClaren - unveiled today as Newcastle United’s new head coach - is a “perfect fit” for the club.
The Derby County, Middlesbrough and England manager has joined on an initial three-year deal, which could be extended to eight.
And Charnley, who is owner Mike Ashley’s right-hand man, said: “From my first meeting with Steve I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United.
“I am delighted that we have secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football.
“He has 20 years’ experience, including for the national team and at the highest level of European competition.
“His most notable achievements include winning the Eredivisie with FC Twente and guiding Middlesbrough to a League Cup win in 2004 and to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006.
He has a proven track record of being an innovative and forward-thinking coach and developing and improving players, which was a key quality we sought in the individual to fill this role.Lee Charnley, managing director
“He has a proven track record of being an innovative and forward-thinking coach and developing and improving players, which was a key quality we sought in the individual to fill this role.
“Steve also brings with him a great enthusiasm and passion for the job, the Club and the city, which he articulated to me very clearly from the outset.
“This is a huge job which comes with considerable pressures and I am convinced that Steve not only understands the weight of expectation that comes with this role, but that he has the strength of character and professionalism befitting of a club of our size and status.
“Steve has been tasked to secure a top-eight finish in the Premier League and he is also heavily incentivised to try to win a cup competition.
“We recognise supporters’ strong desire to win a trophy, an ambition which the Club now shares as Mike Ashley made clear in his comments on the final day of the season. Steve is excited by this and he has our full support in trying to achieve this goal.
“Our immediate focus will be on working with Steve to assess and improve upon our playing squad, as well as appointing individuals to his backroom staff.”