Joe Kinnear has signed a contract as manager of Newcastle United until the end of the season.
He arrived at St James' Park as interim boss in September and will now stay for another six months as owner Mike Ashley continues to try to sell the club.
"Ever since I came to Newcastle, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience," said Kinnear, who was a controversial choice as Magpies manager.
His previous job ended when he resigned as Nottingham Forest boss in 2004.
Kinnear says he will have money to spend in the January transfer window, and believes he will have the final say on who joins the Magpies, not executive director (football) Dennis Wise.
"At the moment, the plan is that I identify the players I want and then that will go back to the chairman, and then I assume he will give Dennis the order to go and get them," added Kinnear.
"But they are strictly my players. I identify them, it goes to the board, they will back it, hopefully finances will be made available and then Dennis will be given the task to go and negotiate and get the job done.
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