Joe Kinnear given shock new Newcastle United role

Joe Kinnear
Joe Kinnear

NEWCASTLE United have made the shock appointment of Joe Kinnear as their new director of football.

Kinnear returns to Tyneside four years after his last ill-fated spell at the club.

The 66-year-old has been brought in by owner Mike Ashley to work with manager Alan Pardew.

Kinnear said: “It’s been an ongoing situation with Mike Ashley for three weeks and once we clarified what my role would be – in charge of transfers and to help out Alan Pardew – I thought it’s a very interesting role.

“I don’t believe I could be at a better role at a better club.

“I believe I’m a very good judge of players, a good tactician, I’ve worked with the best – I intend to make Newcastle far better than they are now.”

Ashley controversially appointed the ex-Wimbledon man in as interim manager in 2008 after Kevin Keegan left the club.

Kinnear’s colourful time in charge ended in February, 2009, when he needed a triple heart bypass operation