Five of the worst: Football appointments

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Welcome back to football, Joe Kinnear. The newly appointed Newcastle United director of football claims to have 'more knowledge than anyone' at the club about management, which comes as somewhat of surprise given he fails to recall being relegated with Luton in 2001.

Kinnear's appointment at St James' Park has attracted a mixture of dismay and ridicule, with the 66-year-old double-heart-attack sufferer placed in charge of Newcastle's transfer dealings, despite having signed only three players in the last nine years.

The former Wimbledon boss has already endured one farcical stint with Newcastle, which began with a stunning expletive-ridden diatribe directed at stunned journalists during his first press conference after assuming temporary charge following the departure of Kevin Keegan.

Kinnear's spell at the helm was ended by his second heart-attack in a decade and, until now, the ex-Republic of Ireland international has been without a job in football.

His recruitment is an extraordinary development at a club where the unexpected is often to be expected, and places the jurisdiction of manager Alan Pardew in serious doubt.

It is an appointment that many hope will fail, and is already being derided as one of the most bizarre in Premier League history and, given Kinnear's health problems in the past, one that has an elment of risk attached.

Kinnear's return has also led GMS to look back at some of the worst appointments in the history of British football. Click through the tabs to see our choices… 

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