Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists he is open minded over Joe Kinnear's appointment as director of football - although he stated that a certain amount of respect is needed to fulfil the role.

Former boss Kinnear was brought in by owner Mike Ashley in a controversial move that led to confusion regarding the positions of other senior members at the club - including chief scout Graham Carr.

Now it is all cleared up, Pardew is happy with the situation and content that he and he alone is in control of the team's affairs.

"I'm my own man, and I will manage this football club to the best of my ability," he told BBC Newcastle.

"Some of the things Joe said, he's apologised for, especially getting the names wrong of our players. 

"That needs to be corrected, because there's a certain respect needed there.

"I spoke to one or two players and my staff here and made them very aware of where the position lies."

Pardew hopes Kinnear can help him in the transfer market by getting Magpies owner Ashley to make funds available, with Newcastle still yet to sign a senior player this summer.

Pardew added: "If Joe can persuade Mike to invest in the football club in the right manner then that would be the best outcome for us.

"As well as we've done on the transfer market, there's always room for improvement, and I spoke to Joe and told him where I think the weaknesses in the squad are.

"I told him I need to strengthen them and I've got a couple of ideas."

Newcastle are back in pre-season training this week, while Kinnear remains in Italy on a holiday he booked before receiving the job. 

On the other hand, Pardew is already on the look out for players and will hope to bring someone in soon.


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