Newcastle confirm Kinnear role

Newcastle have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as their new director of football on a three-year deal.

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Joe Kinnear: Appointed as Newcastle'

Joe Kinnear: Appointed as Newcastle'

Newcastle have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club's director of football almost two days after he announced his impending arrival.

The 66-year-old has signed a three-year contract and will report directly to the club's board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters, with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr working under him.

Managing director Derek Llambias said: "The Board is pleased to welcome Joe back to the club.

"Joe has many years of experience working within the game, and this experience will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons."

The confirmation came in the form of a short statement released by the club a few minutes before midday.

Significantly, it contained no comments from Pardew, the man seemingly most directly affected by the Irishman's installation.

The statement did not outline Kinnear's responsibilities and how they will dovetail with those of Pardew and Carr, the man whose eye for a player has fuelled the Magpies' much-vaunted transfer policy in recent years.

However, the newcomer has insisted he is no threat to the current manager despite speculation that his arrival could mean the 51-year-old's days on Tyneside could be numbered.

Kinnear has, of course, already occupied the hot-seat at St James' Park, if briefly.

He was appointed, initially as interim manager, in September 2008 following Kevin Keegan's departure, and was in charge for 26 games - he won five of them - until health problems ended his reign.

Newcastle were relegated at the end of that season with Alan Shearer having been drafted in for what was a desperate and ultimately vain attempt to drag them out of trouble, and Kinnear has since absolved himself of any responsibility for that disaster.

His cameo on Tyneside was nothing if not colourful, and included a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at journalists, referring to midfielder Charles N'Zogbia as 'Charles Insomnia' and a series of outlandish claims about transfer targets who never ended up in a black and white shirt.

He took to the airwaves on Sunday evening to reveal his appointment after holding talks with owner Mike Ashley, and with the club not commenting on Monday, filled the void himself with a series of outspoken interviews.

Kinnear outlined his role in rebuilding the squad in an interview with Sky Sports.

He said: "That will be my job, to find and buy these players. I'm not picking the team - that's what the manager gets paid for. I'm there solely to see he gets the best possible team on the pitch.

"The tactics are down to him; if he wants my ideas, he can ask for them.

"I have already had two days with Graham [Carr] and I intend to see him on Thursday morning.

"Between the three of us, we will sit down and iron it out. If those two decide a player is not any good, I'll listen - it's not a case of 'like it or lump it'."

Despite Pardew's silence, Kinnear has claimed he welcomed his arrival at St James'.

He said: "Before I had a meeting with Mike, [managing director] Derek [Llambias] said he's informed Alan, and Alan said, 'Great news - I'm delighted with that. At last I've got somebody who's a football guy'."

Whether or not Pardew actually was delighted remains to be seen, although the pair were due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the way forward.

But one of Kinnear's first tasks will be to attempt to win over the club's fans, who have been distinctly underwhelmed by the news.

The former Wimbledon manager did not help himself when asked about the criticism by talkSPORT on Monday night.

He said: "I don't know what angle they've got, if they want to sit down and argue with me...

"Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh. I'm not accepting it, as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that's a fact."


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