Joe Kinnear has resigned from his position as Newcastle United's director of football after less than eight months after joining the club, during which time the club failed to make a single permanent signing, reports BBC Sport.
Kinnear had assumed the responsibility of handling the club's transfer dealings, but only managed to recruit Loic Remy from QPR and Borussia Monchengladbach's Luuk de Jong, both on loan signings.
Kinnear had come under significant criticism in the weeks leading up to his resignation, after the club had failed to find a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who moved to PSG late in the January transfer window. After the Magpies' third successive loss the Sunderland on Saturday, manager Alan Pardew expressed his discontent with the club's transfer situation, saying: "If I was in charge, solely, of transfers, things might be different but I'm not."
Upon his arrival at Newcastle, Kinnear made extraordinary claims that he could "open the door to any manager in the world," after fans had been unhappy at the appointment. In an interview shortly after joining the club, he said "I can pick the phone up at any time of the day and speak to [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger, any manager in the league. In all the divisions."
However, in the same interview, Kinnear mispronounced the names of several Newcastle players, such as Shola Ameobi and Yohan Cabaye. He also made false claims that he had won three manager of the year awards when in fact he had only won one, and that he had brought goalkeeper Tim Krul to the club when it was Graeme Souness who did so.
Kinnear's appointment for his second spell at the club had inspired anger from a large section of the Newcastle support, and their anger proved to be justified as his claims proved to be unfounded.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer said: "It was a strange appointment in the first place.
"When you sell your best player three days before the transfer deadline you have to have a plan.
"Maybe him resigning is a way of saying he didn't do his job, but I'm not sure what his job was anyway."
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