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Last Updated: Friday September 26 2008 13:35 GMT

Kinnear temporary Newcastle boss

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear has been named as the man to replace Kevin Keegan as the boss of Newcastle United - but only for five or six weeks.

The Magpies have been without a manager since Keegan quit earlier this month.

Kinnear, a former Wimbledon, Luton and Nottingham Forest boss, has stepped into his shoes until the end of October.

Bosses at Newcastle turned to the 61-year-old after former England boss Terry Venables turned down the job.

Kevin Keegan
Fans were devastated when Keegan quit

Kinnear, who has been out of work since resigning as Nottingham Forest boss in 2004, said: "I am very excited."

But the Irishman hinted that Keegan could be back in charge soon.

Fans were devastated when Keegan left, and owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale, saying he's tired of the abuse he's been getting ever since.

JOE KINNEAR FACTFILE
1992-99 Wimbledon manager
2001-03 Luton boss
2004 - Nottingham Forest manager
Kinnear said he understood possible buyers were in talks, and the club could be sold at the beginning of October.

He said: "I am aware that the new owners have Kevin Keegan and possibly Alan Shearer parked around the corner.

"I will be here for 6-8 games," he added.