Joe Kinnear has been appointed short-term manager of English Premier League club Newcastle, giving the Magpies more time to seek a permanent replacement for Kevin Keegan.
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The former Wimbledon manager will take charge of the team until the end of October, a period that includes four games, Newcastle said.
Keegan quit as coach three weeks ago.
Kinnear's last job was in charge of Nottingham Forest four years ago.
The Irishman, who turns 62 in December, will be given the job of lifting Newcastle away from next-to-last in the Premier League.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is trying to sell the club and no full-time appointment is likely to be made until a new owner is found.
"I am very excited about the challenge in front of me at Newcastle United,'' said Kinnear, who had a heart attack before a game when he was manager of Wimbledon but returned to football management with Luton.
"Results have not been great of late, but there is a lot of quality in the squad and I am very confident the players are capable of climbing the league table.''
Newcastle has lost four league and cup games in a row and Chris Hughton, who has been selecting and coaching the players since Keegan and Terry McDermott quit, received a further blow on Friday when striker Obafemi Martins was ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury.
Kinnear, who spent 10 years as a leftback with Tottenham and helped Spurs win the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and two Uefa Cups, played 25 times for Ireland.
As a manager, he guided Wimbledon to sixth place in the Premier League in 1994.
"Newcastle United is a great club. When I was in charge of Wimbledon I always remember the passion of the fans up there and how great a stadium St. James' Park is,'' Kinnear said.
"It is a big challenge but one I am really looking forward to.''
The appointment came after former England coach Terry Venables, who also was assistant to Steve McClaren until both were fired last November, turned down a Newcastle offer on Thursday.
"I didn't want to move up to Tyneside and find myself surplus to requirements before I'd even had the chance to get my teeth into the challenge,'' Venables was quoted as saying by English tabloid The Sun.
"The way the job was offered to me meant that I might be working at St. James' Park for two months, two years or two weeks. There was far too much uncertainty involved.''