Newcastle confirm Kinnear role
Published 18/06/2013 | 12:14
Newcastle have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club's director of football almost two days after he announced his impending arrival.
The 66-year-old has signed a three-year contract and will report directly to the club's board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters, with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr working under him.
Managing director Derek Llambias said: "The board is pleased to welcome Joe back to the club. 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."
The confirmation came in the form of a short statement released by the club a few minutes before midday. Significantly, it contained no comments from Pardew, the man seemingly most directly affected by the Irishman's installation.
The statement did not outline Kinnear's responsibilities and how they will dovetail with those of Pardew and Carr, the man whose eye for a player has fuelled the Magpies' much-vaunted transfer policy in recent years.
However, Kinnear has insisted he is no threat to the current manager despite speculation that his arrival could mean the 51-year-old's days on Tyneside could be numbered.
Kinnear has, of course, already occupied the hot-seat at St James' Park, if briefly. He was appointed, initially as interim manager, in September 2008 following Kevin Keegan's departure, and was in charge for 26 games - he won five of them - until health problems ended his reign.
Newcastle were relegated at the end of that season with Alan Shearer having been drafted in for what was a desperate and ultimately vain attempt to drag them out of trouble, and Kinnear has since absolved himself of any responsibility for that disaster.
His cameo on Tyneside was nothing if not colourful, and included a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at journalists, referring to midfielder Charles N'Zogbia as 'Charles Insomnia' and a series of outlandish claims about transfer targets who never ended up in a black and white shirt.
He took to the airwaves on Sunday evening to reveal his appointment after holding talks with owner Mike Ashley, and with the club not commenting on Monday, filled the void himself with a series of outspoken interviews.