Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Martin Hardy on Newcastle up for sale

It is getting on for three months since an eagle majestically and breathtakingly seemed to ease from the gods and glide onto the pitch at the Stadium of Light.

Joe Kinnear and potential signing Douglas

Newcastle unrest: Graham Carr talked out of quitting following arrival of Joe Kinnear

The chief scout was dismayed after Kinnear blocked the free transfer of FC Twente defender Douglas

Hatem Ben Arfa (right) has impressed at Newcastle despite injury

Future of Hatem Ben Arfa in doubt following arrival of Joe Kinnear at Newcastle

Midfielder could leave St James' Park this summer

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants blood after last season's trauma - and it won't stop with managing director Derek Llambias

Owner has not forgiven those who forced him to spend £40m on relegation struggle and Joe Kinnear is his way of fighting back

Kinnear's appointment as Newcastle's director of football sent shock waves through the club

Exclusive: Newcastle United's star talent-spotter Graham Carr on brink as Joe Kinnear sparks walkout at St James' Park

Highly rated chief scout Graham Carr considering position at Newcastle after managing director Derek Llambias quits

Alan Pardew remonstrates with his team during their final day defeat to Arsenal

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew breaks his silence over the appointment of Joe Kinnear - sort of...

Kinnear has been brought in as the director of football

Danny Simpson

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson set to join QPR

The full-back had been linked with West Ham and Fulham

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias

Derek Llambias resigns as managing director of Newcastle following appointment of Joe Kinnear

Llambias polarised opinions of the club's fans during his time at St James' Park

Joe Kinnear

Mike Ashley tightens his control by making Joe Kinnear top man at Newcastle - and weakens Alan Pardew's in the process

Both Alan Pardew and scout Graham Carr must report to new director of football in Newcastle shake-up

Joe Kinnear has yet to be confirmed in his new role

Joe Kinnear accuses Newcastle supporters of 'talking out their backsides' during bizarre rant to explain appointment as director of football

The former Magpies manager repeatedly got the name of the club's players wrong and made numerous factual errors

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