Llambias resigns from Newcastle post

Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias has resigned from his role at the club, the Magpies’ official website has confirmed, less than 24 hours after Joe Kinnear was appointed as Newcastle’s director of football.

In a statement, Llambias said: “I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times. I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the North East and, in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter.

I want to thank the staff for their hard work, our fans for their support of the club, and wish them all well for the future.

Newcastle revealed that manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr were to report directly to Kinnear, a former Newcastle manager, while Kinnear had previously claimed in a radio interview on Monday evening that Llambias had resigned, but the news was only confirmed on Wednesday morning.

Llambias joined the Newcastle board in 2008, a year after businessman Mike Ashley bought the Tyneside club.

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