Joe Kinnear appointed DOF at Newcastle United

Former Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has this evening announced he will be taking up a position as the clubs new Director of Football.

Kinnear will be in charge of the clubs transfer policy and will be meeting with the clubs Chief Scout Graham Carr in the coming days.

Newcastle have yet to confirm the appointment of Kinnear, although current boss Alan Pardew has dropped from 16/1, to 6/4 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave after relinquishing duty of transfers.

During 2008, Kinnear was appointed interim manager at St. James Park replacing Kevin Keegan, before undergoing a triple heart bypass in February 2009 being replaced by now Norwich City boss Chris Hughton.

In an exclusive interview on Sky Sports News, Kinnear announced:

"The deal is absolutely done,"

"I signed the deal with owner Mike Ashley on Sunday. I intend to meet [manager] Alan Pardew this week."

at all - in this major alteration to Newcastle's structure and whether he feels he is being undermined by the influence Kinnear appears to think he will have in assembling his squad.

"Newcastle struggled badly last season and it has already been made clear to Pardew a top 10 finish is expected next season. All of Tyneside will await Pardew's reaction."

"The deal is absolutely done," Kinnear told Sky Sports News.

"I signed the deal with owner Mike Ashley on Sunday. I intend to meet [manager] Alan Pardew this week."

"I'm a very good judge of player and a good tactician,"

"Anything to do with football, I've been involved in. I intend to make Newcastle far better than they are now."

"I see a good player and know a good player. I have no other agenda. If I see players at the club right now and don't think they are good enough I intend to move them on."

 If you believe Newcastle are in trouble next year, they are 12/1 to be relegated with Skybet. Link

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