Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new head coach of Newcastle United.

The 54-year-old succeeds John Carver, who was sacked on Tuesday, and the former England manager has also been named on the club’s board.

Mike Ashley has left his position on the board but remains owner.

McClaren, who has signed a three-year contract that could be extended to eight years, said: “I’m determined to give the supporters a team they can be proud of.”

Ex-England boss McClaren, sacked by Derby in May, had turned down the Magpies job twice – after Alan Pardew’s departure in December  and before the last three games of the season.

Newcastle secured their Premier League status on the final day after winning just three of 20 matches under Carver, who was caretaker manager.

Manchester City’s Under-21 squad manager Patrick Vieira had also been in the running for the role at St James’ Park.

McClaren managed England from 2006 to 2007 and also had spells in charge of Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, German side Wolfsburg and Dutch club Twente.

He was appointed Derby coach in September 2013 and led the Rams to the Championship play-off final in 2014. Derby were among the favourites for promotion last season but finished eighth despite being second in the table with 11 games remaining.

Newcastle players celebrate

Newcastle only secured their Premier League status on the final day

‘I’m here to win trophies’

Newcastle’s last major trophy was the 1955 FA Cup and McClaren said his priority is to win silverware.

“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,” he said.

“This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here.

“I’ve already won trophies as a manager, and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League.”

The right man for a ‘huge’ job

Managing director Lee Charnley said McClaren was the “perfect fit” for Newcastle.

Charnley said: “We have secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football.

“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.

McClaren’s career

Born: 3 May 1961

Teams managed: Middlesbrough, England, FC Twente (twice), Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby

Clubs played for: Hull City, Derby County, Lincoln City (loan), Bristol City, Oxford United

Management honours: League Cup 2004 (Middlesbrough), Eredivisie 2010 (FC Twente)

Playing honours: Football League Second Division 1987 (Derby)

“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.”

All change in the boardroom

Newcastle have taken the unusual step of naming their head coach as a member of the board, while owner Ashley leaves his role.

McClaren is joined on the board by chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur, with finance director John Irving leaving the club.

Charnley, who is also on the board, said: “It was particularly important for us that the head coach also became a board member in order to gain a full understanding and appreciation for the club and its operations as a whole, not just the football side.

Mike Ashley

There have been widespread protests against owner Mike Ashley

“In Steve we have an individual that embraced that responsibility.”

Has McClaren signed up for a ‘toxic’ role?

Ashley has endured a fractious relationship with Newcastle supporters since taking control in 2007 and some protested this season demanding he sell the club.

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop told BBC World Service: “I think he [McClaren] has proved himself to be a fantastic coach, a very good manger. My only concern is that Newcastle’s biggest problems are elsewhere. You have to look higher up the food chain for that.

“You just wonder how toxic a position it is. Time will tell, but I continue to believe the problems are with the ownership of Mike Ashley.”

On Ashley’s decision to leave the board, former Magpies defender Steve Howey told BBC Radio 5 live: “We all know there’s no love for the owner.

“It has been rumoured that he would be putting more money into the club so the new manager could make some quality signings. So whatever steps he’s taken is obviously a step in the right direction.”