Newcastle appoint former manager Kinnear as director of football

Joe Kinnear has confirmed he is to return to former club Newcastle as director of football, insisting he can work with manager Alan Pardew, ESPN has reported.

Kinnear was manager of the Magpies between 2008 and 2009, appointed following Kevin Keegan’s resignation and remaining in charge until suffering a heart attack in February 2009. His contract with the club expired at the end of the season, with Newcastle relegated to the Championship.

In his time as manager, Kinnear won only five of 26 games and fell out with Charles N’Zogbia and a number of local journalists.

Formerly of Wimbledon, Luton Town and Nottingham Forest, Kinnear has said he will take responsibility for transfers at Newcastle, but insists he is not there to undermine Pardew, who retains control over team selection. Kinnear added that his appointment is something that has been in the works for some time: “ It’s been an on-going situation with Mike Ashley for three weeks.

“Once we clarified what my role would be – in charge of transfers and to help out Alan Pardew – I thought it’s a very interesting role.

I don’t believe I could be at a better role at a better club. I believe I’m a very good judge of players, a good tactician, I’ve worked with the best – I intend to make Newcastle far better than they are now.

Pardew is a year into an eight-year contract with Newcastle, the same length of contract as chief scout Graham Carr.

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