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Mike Ashley quits Newcastle Board in reshuffle

Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley has relinquished his position on the Newcastle United Board of Directors, but will remain as the owner.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. Credit: PA

It comes alongside a major summer overhaul at the club and the announcement that Steve McClaren will be the new head coach.

Mike Ashley today, June 10, quit the Board along with finance director John Irving, who is leaving NUFC.

The newly appointment Newcastle boss Steve McClaren. Credit: PA

Head coach Steve McClaren, chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur have been appointed to the Board, joining managing director Lee Charnley.

This move makes Newcastle United the only club in the Premier League to have its head coach on its Board of Directors.

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BREAKING: Steve McClaren announced as Newcastle boss

After days of speculation Steve McClaren has been appointed Newcastle United head coach.

McClaren joins the Magpies on a deal for an initial term of three years, which could be extended to eight.

The former England and Middlesbrough manager has now been tasked by the club to secure a top eight finish.

Earlier McClaren confirmed he has had meetings with United since 2004 and that this is the job he always wanted.

Read more: Timeline of Steve McClaren's career

Newcastle United confirm Carver and Stone departure

John Carver Credit: PA Wire

Newcastle United have officially announced that John Carver and Steve Stone will leave the club with immediate effect.

In a statement the club's managing director Lee Charnley paid tribute to Carver saying that no one could have worked with more enthusiasm and passion than he did.

Carver added it had been a privilege to be head coach at the club.

He said: "It has been a privilege to serve as Head Coach of this great football club.

“The fans and the region deserve a successful team and both myself and my support staff worked very hard with the squad that was available to us.

“I would like to thank all of the staff at the club for their dedication, including Steve Stone in particular. I am also grateful to the owner and to Lee Charnley for their support during my tenure.

“I wish the Club every success for the future and steeled with the experience of the last six months, I am eager and ready for the next challenge."

Managing Director Lee 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.

“John loves Newcastle United and no one could have worked with more passion and enthusiasm than he did.

"John’s connection with the club dates back to 1979 when he joined as an apprentice.

"John has always put the club first and the recent discussions we had only re-affirmed this.

"He is a man of great character and dignity and will always be welcome at Newcastle United. We wish him every success in the future.”

Lee Charnley added: “I would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation to Steve Stone for his contribution to the club.

"Steve joined us as Academy Coach in 2009, before being appointed Reserve Team Assistant Manager in July 2010.

"Steve was subsequently promoted to First Team Coach under Alan Pardew and latterly, John Carver, for whom he provided tremendous support.

“Like John, we wish Steve all the very best for his future career in the game.”

Andy Woodman will remain at the club in his role as Goalkeeper Coach.

Dave Watson, who joined the first team coaching staff after Alan Pardew’s departure, will return to his role in the Academy as Under 18 Coach.

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Steve McClaren: career timeline

Steve McClaren Credit: PA

It's not the first time he's lead a North East football team and this quick overview of his football coaching career starts with his early noughties tenure on Teesside.

Will he be back in 2015? Newcastle United fans and more are eagerly awaiting an announcement that could land today but since McClaren returns from his holiday later tonight, chances are we'll find out tomorrow.

  • Middlesbrough FC: Carling Cup winners 2004
  • UEFA cup finalists 2006
  • England: Head coach 2006
  • Sacked 2007
  • Twente FC: Dutch champs 2010
  • Derby County: sacked May 2015
  • Newcastle United: appointed June 2015?

ITV News poll: Is Steve McClaren the right man for the Newcastle job?

Steve McClaren is expected to take the reins at Newcastle United shortly. Credit: PA

Newcastle United are expected to appoint Steve McClaren as their new head coach shortly.

The experienced 54-year-old is already familiar to North East football fans because of his five-year spell at the helm of Middlesbrough. Most recently, he was sacked by Derby after not reaching the Championship play-offs last season.

What do you think, is Steve McClaren the right man for the Newcastle job?

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