Pardew to soldier on at Newcastle after Kinnear appointment

Alan Pardew has no intention of quitting as Newcastle manager despite the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club’s director of football and owner Mike Ashley being said to hold doubts over the manager’s suitability for the position, the Daily Mail has reported.

Pardew only signed an eight-year contract with the Magpies in late 2012 but oversaw a plunge down the Premier League table last season, Newcastle finishing in 16th only a year after winning a place in the division’s top five. The Mail argues Pardew was blighted by injuries and the January sale of Demba Ba to Chelsea, but Ashley is still thought to be unsure over Pardew’s ability.

Kinnear spent five months as Newcastle manager in the 2008/09 season, stepping aside due to health reasons, but has been brought back to the club as Pardew’s superior. The statement released by Newcastle confirming Kinnear’s appointment said that both Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr were to report to Kinnear.

A former Tottenham Hotspur player, Kinnear managed Wimbledon between 1992 and 1999 and also took charge of Luton Town and Nottingham Forest, as well as spells in charge of national teams in Asia prior to his tenure with the Dons.

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