Pardew to remain at Newcastle despite Kinnear appointment

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has insisted that he will stay at the club, according to Sky Sports, despite the controversial appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football, and further speculation resulting from the club’s disappointing Premier League campaign.

The Magpies finished in 16th position last season, after a battle against relegation, only ensuring their safety by winning their penultimate game of the season at Queens Park Rangers. That was after Pardew, along with several of his backroom staff, was awarded an eight-year contract after guiding the club to fifth the previous season.

Kinnear returned to Newcastle in June after an absence of over four years, an appointment which resulted in a major restructuring of the club, and was also followed by the resignation of managing director Derek Llambias. The Irishman now has the final say on transfer targets, which has led to questions over Pardew’s authority.

However, the 51-year-old has responded by saying: “I won’t run away. I won’t hide. When we finished fifth, I didn’t have to show too many sides of my character because the team was doing well.

A lot of adulation came our way and we had some fantastic performances, and the momentum was with us. Last year, I couldn’t have had any more turmoil put in front of me with injuries and the Europa League, but I think I showed the fans that I am resilient. I’d like to think through all of the adversity last year, I tried to carry the club with a bit of respect.

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