Mike Ashley leaves Newcastle’s board of directors, new manager Steve McClaren joins it [Tweets]

Things like this only happen at Newcastle United.

One of the worst secrets in football was ended on Wednesday afternoon, as a day after John Carver got the chop from St James’ Park, Steve McClaren was appointed the new Magpies boss.

Not only was Steve McClaren installed in the dugout, but the former England manager was also placed on the Newcastle United board of directors.

McClaren’s board membership came part of a larger reshuffle, with the big news being that Mike Ashley had stepped down from the board.

Mike Ashley remains Newcastle’s owner.

As for McClaren, he signed a three-year contract with the Toon, which can eventually be extended to eight years.

The data dump of seat changes at Newcastle left many on the outside feeling that the Toon had just pulled some sort of fast one, while other people where left wondering is McClaren will eventually have to sack himself in his new dual role at Newcastle.

Read the best tweets on the Newcastle appointments below.