Kinnear confirmed as new director of football at Newcastle United

BACK IN TOON ... The controversial Joe Kinnear has been confirmed as Newcastle's new director of football

BACK IN TOON ... The controversial Joe Kinnear has been confirmed as Newcastle's new director of football

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JOE Kinnear has been confirmed as Newcastle United’s new director of football on a three-year deal.

After the former Magpies boss announced the news he was returning on Sunday, there had been a period of silence from the club.

However, they have now released a statement to bring the speculation to an end.

Kinnear 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 reporting directly to him.

Newcastle’s managing director Derek Llambias said: “The board are 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 66-year-old’s appointment has been met with astonishment by many supporters, which was increased following a bizarre late-night interview he gave to radio station talkSPORT yesterday.

There had been reports that official confirmation of his arrival had been delayed due to Pardew’s unwillingness to release a statement backing the appointment.