Former England coach Steve McClaren has been named the new manager of Newcastle United, the club has confirmed.
McClaren, who took local rivals Middlesbrough to the 2006 UEFA Cup final, and FC Twente to the Dutch title, has signed for an initial three years, which could rise to eight.
Managing director Lee Charnley said he was "delighted" to have "secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football".
He added: "From my first meeting with Steve I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United.
"He has 20 years' experience, including for the national team and at the highest level of European competition."
Newcastle have confirmed that their new head coach will recruit his own staff after paying tribute to departing pair John Carver and Steve Stone.
Managing director Lee Charnley has placed on record his thanks to 50-year-old Carver after it emerged on Tuesday that he and Stone would be leaving the club.
Charnley said: "After discussions with John, it was mutually agreed that in the best interests of the club moving forward, and to enable the new head coach to build his own coaching team, we would go our separate ways."
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Jonas Gutierrez aimed a clear parting shot at Mike Ashley after being released by Newcastle United, claiming the club's owner disregarded him following his cancer diagnosis.
The 31-year-old started the season battling his way back from testicular cancer and ended it by inspiring the Magpies to a vital 2-0 win over West Ham that ensured the club's Premier League status for another year.
Gutierrez provided one goal and scored the other in what has proved to be his last match for United, with the club announcing on Friday that he will leave when his contract expires on June 30.
That exit was widely expected and the Argentina international took to Twitter shortly afterwards to let his feelings known about his treatment by the club during his battle with cancer.
Two things I learn from my illness how you can support a player (newcastle fans) and how you leAve a player alone (newcastle owner)
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And Jonas Gutierrez makes them safe. That's lovely.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has said he will not sell the club until they win a trophy or qualify for the Champions League.
The Sports Direct tycoon has often been criticised by sections of the Magpies support for putting profit ahead of on-pitch performances, with the club going into their final Premier League match of the season facing the threat of relegation.
But Ashley, who has rarely if ever spoken to the media on sporting matters, broke cover to pledge his determination to improve matters at St James' Park.
I will continue my policy of investing in the football club.
I shan't be selling the club until we win something. Not at any price. When I say win something, if we get in a position of Champions League that equals winning something.