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Steve McClaren: Newcastle can win trophy

By Damian Spellman

Steve McClaren has pledged a trophy and a top eight finish after finally being named as Newcastle's new head coach six months after initially being offered the job.

The Magpies, who parted company with John Carver and Steve Stone on Tuesday, announced last night that the 54-year-old former England boss has been installed as Alan Pardew's permanent replacement after signing a three-year contract which could be extended to eight.

McClaren said: "I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United. This is a big club with a wonderful heritage.

"St James' Park is like a cathedral, 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. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success.

"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.

"A club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight.

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

Managing director Lee Charnley 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 added.

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