Kinnear to stay Toon boss 'til end of season

Joe Kinnear has had his contract as Newcastle United manager extended until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Kinnear, 61, was appointed interim manager at the club after Kevin Keegan resigned in September.

Newcastle are 18th in the standings and have only three league victories this season.

"We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season but together I'm confident we will make good progress," Kinnear said in a statement on the club's website.