Joe Kinnear is set to make a sensational return to Newcastle United, over four years after his departure as first-team manager.

The 66-year-old Irishman will be installed as the club's director of football and will, according to reports, have full control of the hiring and firing of players, as owner Mike Ashley looks to exercise a management shake-up.

Kinnear has claimed that his appointment has been made with the full knowledge of manager Alan Pardew and has explained that they will work together to "make Newcastle far better than they are now". 

It remains to be seen just how Pardew will react to this news. The pair have never met and it has already been suggested that he will have to contend with the former Nottingham Forest, Luton Town and Wimbledon boss offering tactical advice as well as him having the final say over which players are bought and sold. 

"I believe I'm a very good judge of character, a very good tactician, everything to do with football," said Kinnear, who added that he hoped to meet Pardew this week to discuss where the team needs to be strengthened.

"There are no issues, my job is quite clear. I'm the director of football, he's the manager. I'm not picking the team, that's what the manager gets paid for.

"I'm there to ensure he gets the best possible team on the pitch. Tactics and coaching are strictly up to him. If he has questions about tactics, he'll ask them and I'll answer them."

Kinnear replaced Kevin Keegan as Magpies manager in September 2008, with his controversial reign marred by his infamous verbal tirade at various journalists in an October press conference where he swore 52 times. 

In February 2009, hours before Newcastle's match with West Brom, Kinnear was taken to hospital after feeling ill. Alan Shearer eventually took over as coach for the remainder of the season and United were relegated. 

Kinnear was required to have a heart bypass operation and Chris Hughton took over as the club's new manager, leading them to an instant return to the Premier League. 


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