Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has admitted he has been left 'sickened' by the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club's director of football.
Shearer, who made 404 appearances for the Magpies, believes his club is turning into a laughing stock after Kinnear wasted little time causing a stir.
Kinnear has given a series of bizarre interviews which have included him pronouncing players and former managing director Derek Llambias's names wrong.
And Shearer, who had a spell managing the club in 2009, is embarrassed by the club's actions recently.
"Where do we start? What I do know is that right now people are laughing at the football club I support. And that sickens me," he wrote in Thursday's Sun. "I promised myself years ago never to be surprised by what happens in football - particularly when it comes to Newcastle. But this situation really is stretching it a bit.
"While other clubs are all plotting and planning for next season, Newcastle have a manager who has just been totally undermined.
"Alan Pardew has said he will carry on but I am sure it will be a difficult situation," he added. "As for that announcement, what are the players to think when he can't even get their names right? It's all a PR disaster."
Pardew has been ordered to report to Kinnear regarding all football matters. The pair met for the first time since the announcement on Tuesday to discuss the role Kinnear will be playing.
The Newcastle manager hasn't said anything publicly and Shearer believes Pardew isn't happy with the situation.
"His silence on the appointment of Kinnear himself over recent days said it all," Shearer wrote. "But what could he say?
"He is in such an intolerable position. He can't come out and slaughter his employers but at the same time he can't agree with a situation which no manager would find comfortable."
Former Newcastle chairman Sir John Hall has echoed Shearer's dismay at the recent developments at St James Park.
"I’m shocked at the news that Kinnear has been appointed and Derek Llambias going. It certainly makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes at Newcastle United Football Club," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
"There’s a man in charge there who knows what’s going on but for many of the fans they will be feeling anger and shock. I think everyone just hopes that it will be resolved quickly because the start of the season is upon us."
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