Kinnear earns Magpies stay

Image: Kinnear: Staying at St James' Park

Newcastle have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as manager until the end of the season.

Irishman wins deal until the end of the season

Newcastle have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as manager until the end of the season. Kinnear took over as interim manager following the shock departure of Kevin Keegan in September The Irishman initially joined Newcastle on a one-month deal, which was then extended until the end of November as the club continue to look for new owners. The former Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon boss has helped steady the ship at St James' Park and a number of players had called for Kinnear to be handed the job on a more permanent basis. Kinnear had expressed his desire to extend his stay on Tyneside and the club have now acted by giving him a deal until the end of the current campaign. The news will fuel further speculation over the club's difficulties to find new owners with Ashley actively looking to sell the the Magpies. With his appointment rubber-stamped, Kinnear is now turning his thoughts to improving the squad when the transfer window reopens in January.

Big challenge

"Ever since I came to Newcastle United I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience," Kinnear told the club's official website. "The players have been great to work with and the fans have made me feel at home since day one. "We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season but together I'm confident we will make good progress. "We have some very good players already at this club and hopefully we can further strengthen the squad in January and I will be working very closely with the directors to try to achieve that." Managing director Derek Llambias added: "Joe has done an excellent job since coming to the club and everyone is delighted that he has agreed to remain in charge for the rest of the season."

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