Newcastle have been given the go-ahead to appoint Glenn Roeder as manager, despite the former West Ham mmanager not having the required Uefa Pro Licence.

Roeder, who has been in temporary charge since Graeme Souness was fired in February, has presided over a revival in the club’s fortunes. However, he was originally deemed ineligible for the job on a permanent basis because he lacked the necessary coaching certificate.

Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd said: “Should we wish to appoint Glenn as our next manager it is nice to know we have the support of our fellow clubs.”

The Premier League had initially rejected Newcastle’s request for dispensation last Thursday.

Roeder had previously enrolled on the Uefa Pro course when he was struck down by a brain tumour in April 2003. Shepherd is now looking forward to another new era at the club.

“We have enjoyed a positive end to the season and the staff, players and fans can all look forward to the prospect of European football again next season,” Shepherd said.

“We also have Alan Shearer’s big testimonial game to look forward to on Thursday.”

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