Ashley: Kinnear will choose recruits

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley insists Joe Kinnear will be granted the freedom in next month's transfer window that Kevin Keegan claimed he was never afforded.

Kinnear was brought in as interim manager in September after Keegan quit St James' Park, citing alleged meddling in his attempts to recruit new players.

"It is up to Joe, we have signed him, it's up to him," Ashley told The Sun of Kinnear, who has been handed a contract until the end of the season.

"I've definitely got some money although whether I will give it to him or not is another question.

"Joe realises that Newcastle don't have a bottomless pit of money so he will be very careful with what he does.

"If it's a player that costs £30million then I can absolutely say. 'I don't think so'.

"But will he able to get the players he wants to tinker with the team and change the balance? The answer's yes."

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