Newcastle United FC have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a three-year contract.
The 52-year-old, who arrived at St James' Park today in a helicopter, has been out of work for a fortnight after ending an eight-year spell at Bolton Wanderers FC but had long been linked with the position. Newcastle parted company with Glenn Roeder just over a week ago after finishing the Premiership campaign in poor form, ultimately ending in 13th place. Bolton were seventh and will enter next season's UEFA Cup.
"I suppose this is the greatest challenge I have ever had," Allardyce told the club's official website. "But it is one I am excited about and one I am looking forward to. It's no secret that what has happened in the past is not good enough for a club as big as Newcastle United and it is now my job to change all that." Allardyce has told his new squad - including fit-again England striker Michael Owen - that he will give all a chance at the club, stating "everyone starts with a clean sheet".
Allardyce's decision to move on was fuelled by a desire to win trophies, a feat he did not achieve at Bolton. "I have had praise for what I've done [at Bolton], but there's nothing at the end of it," he said. "I want silverware. I'm determined to get it before my days are over." He first met Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd last week and they again held talks over the weekend. The former centre-back, who was interviewed for the England job last year, had also been a potential target for Manchester City FC, who dismissed Stuart Pearce yesterday.
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