Llambias quit Newcastle after Kinnear cancelled Douglas move

Derek Llambias resigned as Newcastle managing director after newly-appointed director of football Joe Kinnear pulled out of a move to sign FC Twente’s Douglas, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that Kinnear had never heard of the 25-year-old, who is available on a Bosman free transfer, despite Douglas being part of a Dutch title-winning team under Steve McClaren and being called into the Netherlands squad for the first time late last year.

Kinnear asked McClaren about the centre-back and later instructed Llambias to tell Douglas’ camp that Newcastle were ending their interest in the player. Llambias, who had spent months lining up the transfer, confirmed his departure from the club shortly after. The Mirror claims Llambias felt he could not work under Kinnear.

Llambias was said to have been a supporter of manager Alan Pardew, backing the former Reading, West Ham and Charlton boss when owner Mike Ashley began to have doubts over Pardew’s future as relegation loomed towards the end of last season. Safety was eventually assured but Newcastle finished the campaign fifth from bottom, having clinched fifth place the year before.

Chief scout Graham Carr could be the next senior figure out the door, the newspaper notes, as the well-respected Carr is thought to have doubts over whether or not he can work under Kinnear after being told to report directly to the ex-Wimbledon manager.

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