Former England manager 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 has also been named on the club’s board. Mike Ashley has quit as a director but remains owner. McClaren, who has signed a three-year contract that could be extended to eight years, said: “This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives.” McClaren, sacked by Derby in May, had turned down the Magpies job twice. He was approached after Alan Pardew’s departure in December and then again with three games left of the Premier League season.