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NUFC boss contender Steve McClaren sacked as Derby head coach

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Steve McClaren, who is considered to be the top contender for Newcastle United head coach job has been sacked by Derby County with immediate effect.

The former England manager has previously been linked to the head coach job and was the bookies favourite to replace Pardew before John Carver took over.

In a statement the East Midlands club said:

The decision follows a thorough review of the 2014/15 season by the club’s Board of Directors.

The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.

The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.

– DERBY COUNTY STATEMENT SPORT FOOTBALL

NUFC fans react to Ashley's investment pledge

Newcastle United are planning for a new season in the Premiership after avoiding relegation with a two nil win over West Ham yesterday.

The club’s owner Mike Ashley has pledged to invest more money this summer and has said that he will stay on until the club has at least won a trophy or qualified for the Champions League.

But outside St James’ Park today the fans’ responses to his promises were mixed with many still upset that the club’s season ended in a relegation fight.

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'Right time' for Allardyce to leave West Ham

Sam Allardyce says it's the 'right time' to leave West Ham after the club confirmed they would not be renewing the 60-year-old's contract.

The Hammers released a statement confirming the news just minutes after the full-time whistle at St James' Park, where West Ham lost 2-0 to Newcastle United on the final day of the season.

Speaking after his final match in charge of West Ham, Allardyce said he would use the opportunity to take a break from football.

Carver looks to future after Newcastle stay up

Newcastle United boss John Carver says it will be 'big summer' for the club after the Magpies clinched Premier League survival on the final day of the season.

Second-half goals from Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez gave Newcastle a 2-0 win over West Ham, securing the club's status in the top flight at the expense of Hull City.

Speaking after the match, Carver said it had been an 'emotional' time for all involved at Newcastle.

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