Joe Kinnear appointed Newcastle United director of football


Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football on a three-year deal.

The former Magpies manager revealed on Sunday that he would be taking up the role which the club has now confirmed.

Kinnear will be in charge of all football-related matters at St James' Park, with current boss Alan Pardew required to report to Kinnear regularly.

"The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club," managing director Derek Llambias told the club's official website. "Joe has many years of experience working within the game, and this experience will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons."

Newcastle's chief scout, Graham Carr, will also be expected to report to Kinnear as the club attempt to improve on their disappointing Premier League campaign last season.

Kinnear was Newcastle manager between September 2008 and February 2009 before his spell came to an end after suffering heart problems.

His return has created a lot of controversy amongst fans which wasn't helped when the 66-year old gave an interview on sport radio talkSPORT.

He said he had "more intelligence" than the critics who have questioned his appointment. He also made a series of mistakes when attempting to pronounce the names of current Newcastle players as well as managing director Derek Llambias.

Kinnear is believed to be involved in recruiting players but will have no involvement in team selection or tactics.

Kinnear's first management job in England came at Wimbledon, where he was appointed in January 1992. In 1994 he guided them to sixth in the Premier League, winning the League's Association Manager of the Year award.

Following heart problems, Kinnear took some time out of the game before taking over at Luton Town in February 2001. But he was sacked in May 2003 following relegation.

His next job only lasted ten months as he took over as Nottingham Forest manager in February 2004.

In September 2008 he was appointed interim manager at Newcastle after Kevin Keegan's resignation but stepped down in February 2009 due to heart problems.


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