JOE Kinnear says his appointment as Newcastle United’s director of football has been welcomed by manager Alan Pardew.
Kinnear is returning to the club as director of football in a surprise move.
And the 66-year-old – who had a brief spell as manager in the 2008-09 – insists he will have the final say on transfers.
Kinnear is yet to speak to Pardew, but he is confident the pair – and chief scout Graham Carr – will be able to work together.
The former Wimbledon manager – best known on Tyneside for his expletive-filled rant at journalists soon after succeeding Kevin Keegan as manager – has been told by managing director Derek Llambias that Pardew welcomed his appointment.
And he plans to speak to Pardew this week.
“Before I had a meeting with Mike, Derek said he’s informed Alan, and Alan said ‘great news – I’m delighted with that. At last I’ve got somebody who’s a football guy’,” Kinnear said.
“Derek told me he’s had a long talk with Alan, and explained that I’m coming in as director of football.
“He (Llambias) is going to go on the finance side, and anything to do with football is coming my side.”
Kinnear insists he has the “utmost” respect for Pardew, who came under fire in the latter part of the season from fans frustrated at the club’s poor Premier League form.
And he is confident there won’t be any issues behind the scenes.
“I’m going to be delighted to be working with Alan,” added Kinnear.
“I saw Alan as a player – he was a hell of a player – and we bumped into each other a couple of times when he was West Ham manager.
“We always bump into each other at the Manager of the Year awards. Last year I was at the awards when Alan got it. I said ‘congratulations, but you’ve got to get two more to catch me!’.
“We’re very, very open-minded and good with each other. I’ve got the utmost respect for him, and I can’t see any problems between the two of us.
“I’m not the type of guy who causes problems for the sake of it. I want the best for all of us.”