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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 June 2015

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  1. Your views on McClaren

    BBC Sport

    Sam Tomkinson: Why would you want to manage Newcastle? Absolute poison chalice. Owner content with mediocrity and fans expecting the world.

    Myles Warwood: As a Newcastle fan I don't understand others disappointment in McClaren, who were you expecting? Klopp?

    Andrew: Steve McLaren did a great job at Middlesbrough and I have high hopes for Newcastle! A northern manager through and through.

  2. Barton backing new Toon boss

    Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton thinks Steve McClaren is the right man for Newcastle.

    Barton writes on Twitter: "Very shrewd appointment by Newcastle. Great coach Steve. He has all the qualities needed to succeed there."

    Joey Barton
  3. Seven managers in seven years

    Steve McClaren becomes the seventh Newcastle United manager since 2008:

    Mccclaren graphic
  4. McClaren's trophy success

    In 2001 Steve McClaren became manager of Middlesbrough. In 2003-04 they won the League Cup and then two seasons later he took them to the Uefa Cup final, where they were beaten 4-0 by Spanish side Sevilla.

    Despite that defeat, it was still enough for him to get the interest of the Football Association and he became England boss in May 2006.

  5. McClaren gets 'weight of expectation'

    NUFC MD Lee Charnley also paid tribute to Steve McClaren's "proven track record of being an innovative and forward thinking coach".

    He said: "He also brings with him a great enthusiasm and passion for the job, the club and the city, which he articulated to me very clearly from the outset.


    "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."

  6. Tell us your thoughts

    BBC Sport

    Alex Mays: Appointment of Steve McClaren doesn't really fill me with confidence, opting for Vieira would have shown a lot more ambition.

    Rob Thornton: Doesn't matter who Newcastle appoint as manager, they wont be allowed to manage anyways, so Ronald McDonald would do just fine.

  7. 'Good luck Steve'

    Alan Shearer tweets: We can only win two things. Please try and win one by playing strongest team! Congratulations and good luck Steve.

  8. 'Problems are down to Mike Ashley'

    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has offered his opinion on Steve McClaren's appointment.

    Shaka Hislop

    "He did well during his time in Holland, less spectacularly in Germany but I think he's proved himself to be a fantastic coach, a very good manager," Hislop told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "My only concern with that job 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. I continue to believe that maybe the problems are with the ownership of Mike Ashley."

  9. Fergie's right-hand man

    BBC Sport

    So let's look back at Steve McClaren's career in football. A very young McClaren is pictured during his time as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United.

    Steve McClaren

    McClaren enjoyed great success during his two years as Fergie's right-hand man from 1999 to 2001, which including United winning the treble - Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup - in 1999.

  10. Steve McClaren: In focus

    Here's how Steve McClaren's career stacks up so far:

    McClaren graphic
  11. 'Full understanding and appreciation'

    Managing director Lee Charnley says he's "delighted" that Steve McLaren, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur will join him on the board.

    He 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. In Steve we have an individual that embraced that responsibility.

    "Graham and Bob's passion for the club is beyond question and I believe given the collective skills, knowledge and experience, together, we are incredibly strong."

  12. NUFC announce new board

    Newcastle United's new head coach Steve McClaren, chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur have been appointed to the club's board, joining managing director Lee Charnley.

    A statement on the club's website says being the only Premier League club with its head coach on the board will be "a move which the club feels adds significant strength to it".

  13. Ashley quits Newcastle board

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has quit his position on the board along with finance director John Irving, who is leaving the club.

  14. McClaren can 'build his own coaching team"

    New Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren replaces John Carver after it was confirmed he was to leave the club this morning.

    Carver, 50, won only three of his 20 games in charge following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace.

    Managing director Lee Charnley said Carver's departure would allow the new boss to able to "build his own coaching team", although no decisions have yet been made on who that will be.

  15. 'A trophy is the ambition'

    Managing director Lee Charnley says new head coach Steve McClaren is "excited" by the challenge at Newcastle and has sights set on a trophy.

    He said: "We recognise supporters' strong desire to win a trophy, an ambition which the club now shares as Mike Ashley made clear in his comments on the final day of the season. Steve is excited by this and he has our full support in trying to achieve this goal.

    "Our immediate focus will be on working with Steve to assess and improve upon our playing squad, as well as appointing individuals to his backroom staff."

  16. 'Hard work starts now'

    After he was installed as Newcastle head coach, Steve McClaren said: "I'm determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of.

    "The hard work starts now."

  17. St James' like a cathedral - McClaren

    Speaking of his appointment, Steve McClaren says he feels "privileged" to be head coach of Newcastle United.

    He said: "St James' Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city and I am excited to be given this opportunity. I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region.

    "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. 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."

  18. McClaren 'approached by NUFC before'

    Steve McClaren has revealed he was approached a number of times previously to become Newcastle United manager.

    He revealed he was approached in 2004 by Freddie Shepherd, and again when Newcastle were relegated in 2009.

    He said: "Everything is about timing in football and it wasn't the right time (in 2004)."

  19. McClaren a perfect fit - Charnley

    NUFC managing director Lee Charnley said: "From my first meeting with Steve I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United.

    "He has 20 years' experience, including for the national team and at the highest level of European competition. His most notable achievements include winning the Eredivisie with FC Twente and guiding Middlesbrough to a League Cup win in 2004 and to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006.

    "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."

  20. Three-year deal for McClaren

    Steve McClaren joins Newcastle on a three-year deal, which could be extended to eight.

  21. BreakingNUFC unveil McClaren as manager

    Newcastle United have named former Middlesbrough and England boss Steve McClaren as their new head coach.

  22. 'Young lives going up in smoke'

    Sunderland Echo

    Here's today's front page and a link to the top story:

    Front page
  23. McClaren to Newcastle?

    BBC Sport

    So there is speculation that Steve McClaren is set to become Newcastle United's manager shortly. Here are some of your thoughts on the former England boss.

    Barry King: McClaren's not the right man for Newcastle United. He's a Yorkshire Pardew for me but great for the Ashley regime. He's another yes man.

    Ross Arnett: I want McClaren to prove me wrong and bring excitement back to SJP. But I'm not holding out much hope. His appointment doesn't scare me in comparison to Pards in 2010. But it is not the exciting appointment the fans wanted.

    Michael Laverton: Steve McClaren can do well for Newcastle but Mike Ashley needs to put his hands in his pockets to support him.

  24. Mirror loses hacking cash appeal bid

    Mirror Group Newspapers has been refused permission to appeal against a High Court ruling which saw record damages paid out to eight phone-hacking victims, including Paul Gascoigne.

    Paul Gascoigne

    Mr Justice Mann awarded a total of about £1.2m for the claimants, with former Newcastle and Middlesbrough player Gascoigne getting £188,250.

    However MGN can renew its application to the Court of Appeal. David Sherborne, counsel for the claimants, said any appeal would be "hopeless".

    The hearing continues tomorrow when the judge will decide whether to order a "stay" on the payment of the damages pending the outcome of any appeal.

  25. McClaren 'perfect fit' for NUFC

    The Northern Echo editor Peter Barron tweets: Steve Gibson also welcomed Steve McClaren back to the Premier League and described his appointment at Newcastle as "perfect fit".

  26. 'No interview allowed'

    The Daily Mail's North East football correspondent Craig Hope tweets: Here's McClaren leaving SJP in bid to evade independent Press. Spoke to him briefly, confirmed no interview allowed.

    Car at St James' Park
  27. 'No-go for new pubs'

    The Shields Gazette

    Here's today's front page and a link to the main story:

    Front page
  28. Fundraising page for Lee Irving funeral

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    Two fundraising pages have been set up to raise money for the funeral of Lee Irving - the man with learning difficulties who was found dead in Newcastle last weekend.

    Lee Irving

    The 24-year-old's body was discovered by a footpath on the outskirts of Fawdon. Two people have been charged with his murder.

  29. Total Sport special

    Simon Pryde

    BBC Newcastle

    Steve McClaren is meeting with Newcastle United officials today, hoping to agree a deal to become the new head coach at St James' Park.

    I'll be hosting a Total Sport special tonight and we want to hear from you.

    Steve McClaren

    Have your say from 17:30 - Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

  30. Newcastle to confirm McClaren - reports

    BBC Sport

    Word is reaching us that Steve McClaren's appointment at Newcastle could be confirmed before the day is out.

    David Coverdale, the Sun's north-east football reporter, has tweeted the following:

    David Coverdale tweet
  31. Durham top for dog foul complaints

    Durham is the top council in the country when it comes to the number of complaints received about dog poo.

    Doug foul pavement sign

    The latest figures show Durham council got more than 2,600 complaints about dog fouling in the county last year.

    The authorities issued 69 fines for people caught leaving their dog's mess in public areas. Some authorities issued no fines.

  32. Just like that!

    Simon Logan

    BBC Newcastle

    Don't miss some trickery on the radio this afternoon on BBC Newcastle - here's the brilliant North East magician Chris Cross.

    Chris Cross and Simon Logan

    He tried one of his card tricks on me and I was astounded with what he could do with an elastic band. Watch the video here.

  33. All-weather course plans approved

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle racecourse's controversial plans to scrap its flat-racing turf track and replace it with a synthetic all-weather surface have been approved by the British Horseracing Authority.

    Newcastle Racecourse

    The course will be closed down for the rest of the year when the project - part of an £11m development - starts in September, with the first "all-weather" races due in the Spring.

  34. Husband felt 'pushed aside'

    The ex-husband of a head teacher accused of seducing two underage boys felt "pushed aside" at the time of her alleged offences, a court was told.

    Eamonn Toland was married to Anne Lakey, described as a "sexual predator" by the prosecution, for two years until 1988, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    Anne Lakey

    Ms Lakey, 55, from Stanley, denies 13 counts of indecent assault on two teenage boys in the late 1980s. Mr Toland told how he almost caught his wife in bed with one of the boys.

  35. Boy approached by man

    Chantalle Edmunds

    BBC Tees

    A 10-year-old boy claims he was approached by a man offering candy floss in a suspicious incident, Cleveland Police say.

    The man was driving a bright red car on King Oswy Drive in Hartlepool at about 17:30 when he approached the boy. He declined and the man drove off towards West View Road.

    Children and parents are being urged to remain vigilant.

  36. River body identified

    The body of a man who was pulled from the River Tyne on 31 May has been identified.

    Craig Millward, 24, from Hebburn was last seen leaving a nightclub in Newcastle at the beginning of May.

    Northumbria Police said: "Our sympathies remain with the family at this difficult time."

  37. Cerebral palsy man completes triathlon

    Hartlepool Mail

    A man who was expected never to walk has completed a triathlon - and raised more than £1,300 for charity.

    Andrew Allison
  38. Accident closes road

    BBC Travel

    The A171 in Harwood Dale is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Helwath Road junction and the Blacksmith Hill junction, because of a serious accident.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  39. Pleasantly warm

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The rest of the day will be fine and dry with light winds and plenty of sun. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sun inland, though perhaps a bit cooler on the coast.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). Check the forecast near you.

  40. Collision closes road

    Durham Police tweets: Currently dealing with an RTC Front St, Sacriston. Road closed, please avoid. Thank you

    Police cars in Sacriston
  41. Your photos: Bamburgh Castle

    Carolyn Farthing had a run out to Bamburgh Castle and sent us this photo of one of the North East's finest sights.

    Bamburgh Castle

    You can send your pictures by email to or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  42. Body found in river is missing man

    A body found in the River Tyne at the weekend has been identified as that of a missing Hebburn man.

    Craig Millward, 24, went missing after leaving a bar in Newcastle's Bigg Market.

    Craig Millward,

    His body was recovered on Sunday. Police say their "sympathies remain with the family at this difficult time".

  43. Brown offered one-year contract

    Vicki Sparks

    BBC Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle understands defender Wes Brown has been offered a new one-year contract at Sunderland.

    Wes Brown

    The 35-year-old has made 81 appearances for the Black Cats since arriving from Manchester United in 2011, and played in 28 games last season.

  44. O'Neill and Keane back on the pitch

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Here's Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane back on duty at Gannon Park after their car accident yesterday.

    Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane
  45. Staff training must get better

    South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, The Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and a range of community services, was inspected in December.

    The hospitals were rated as "requires improvement" both in end-of-life care and overall, while other core services were rated "good".

    While finding the trust "provided services that were caring, responsive and well led", the CQC concluded standards needed to be raised in areas including staff training and the upkeep of patients' records.

  46. NHS Trust 'requires improvement'

    Staff shortages could threaten patient care at an NHS health trust that "requires improvement".

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns over numbers of doctors and nurses at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    It warned it must ensure it has "enough qualified and experienced staff", particularly in A&E and surgical wards.

    James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

    But, the trust said the report had "many positives" and staffing levels had improved.

  47. Plenty of sun

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    After a chilly start, it will be a fine and dry day with light winds and plenty of sun. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sun inland, though perhaps a bit cooler on the coast.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). Check the forecast near you.

  48. Boy in plea to PM over drug

    An 11-year-old Northumberland boy with a debilitating muscle wasting disease is travelling to Downing Street to hand in a letter appealing for help to fund a new treatment.

    George Pegg, from Blyth, was diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy at the age of three. He has been taking part in trials of the drug Translarna, which has kept him out of a wheelchair. Watch the video here.

    George Pegg

    He has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to allow the use of the drug on the NHS.

  49. Keane and O'Neill involved in Dublin crash

    The Republic of Ireland management team, including former Sunderland managers Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane, have been involved in a car crash in Dublin.

    In a tweet, the Football Association of Ireland said: "The ROI mgmt team were involved in collision on M50 earlier. Vehicle was rear ended in traffic."

    Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

    It said they had returned to their hotel and were seen by the team doctor. Nobody involved in the incident was seriously injured.

  50. Thousands flock to race

    The Chronicle


    Thousands of keen runners basked in summer sunshine as they took part in the iconic Blaydon Race last night.

    Runners at start line
  51. Body found in Ashington house

    Adrian Pitches

    Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Police who were responding to a call "expressing concern" have found the body of a man at a house in Debden Road in Ashington, Northumberland.

    He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was pronounced dead. I'll have more on this story when we get it.

  52. A19 blocked in another area

    BBC Travel

    The A19 in Wallsend is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic at Silverlink Roundabout because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Police directing traffic. Congestion is back to Holystone Roundabout and to Howdon Roundabout.

    The A689 in Bishop Auckland is also partially blocked in both directions between the B6284 High Bondgate junction and the B6286 junction because of an accident.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  53. 'Privilege to manage team'

    John Carver, who has been axed after winning only three games out of 20 while in charge, said it had been a "privilege" to manage Newcastle United.

    He said: "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.

    John Carver

    "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."

  54. In the news today

    The Gazette

    Here's today's front page and a link to the top story:

    Front page
  55. Won three matches out of 20

    If you missed it yesterday, here on BBC Local Live we took a look back at John Carver's tenure.

    He took charge of Newcastle for the final 20 games of the season following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, but won just three matches.

    John Carver in focus

    See more facts, figures and reaction here.

  56. McClaren to meet NUFC officials

    Mick Lowes

    BBC Newcastle football commentator

    Steve McClaren will meet Newcastle United officials today hoping to agree a deal to become the new head coach at St James' Park.

    The 54-year-old has been the frontrunner for the job on a permanent basis since Christmas, but despite two high-profile rejections of offers from United, the former England boss has always been the Magpies' number one target.

  57. 'All the very best for his future'

    Lee Charnley said of Steve Stone: "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 who he provided tremendous support.

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

  58. 'Best interest of club'

    Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said axing John Carver and Steve Stone was "in the best interests of the club" and will enable a new head coach to "build his own coaching team".

    He added: "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 Carver

    "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."

  59. Watson returns to Academy

    Former England and Derby Steve McClaren is now expected to be appointed as Newcastle's new head coach.

    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.

  60. BreakingCarver and Stone axed by NUFC

    Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver and coach Steve Stone have left the Magpies with immediate effect, the club confirms.

  61. A19 partially blocked

    BBC Travel

    The A19 in Seaham is partially blocked and there's slow traffic southbound at the B1285 junction because of an accident. Police are directing traffic.

    The traffic is building up on A171 Cargo Fleet Lane northbound in Middlesbrough at the Longlands Road junction.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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