STEVEN Taylor has defended Joe Kinnear after the controversial 66-year-old was confirmed as Newcastle United’s new director of football.
Kinnear has signed a three-year deal at St James’s Park, much to the bemusement of many fans.
However, defender Taylor – who worked with Kinnear in his short spell as manager between 2008 and 2009 – is pleased with the appointment.
He told Sky Sports: “I am really happy to see Joe back at the club, and I think his return can only be positive for everyone connected to the club.
“Joe was great for me when he was manager, and I really enjoyed playing for him.
“We were in a great position under Joe in the league until he got ill, and it was after that that things went wrong (Newcastle were relegated).
“Joe wears his heart on his sleeve, and he tells it as it is, and I think he is someone that Newcastle exactly need.
“Joe has lots of experience, and he is very knowledgeable, and I for one am really excited to see him back at Newcastle.”