Pardew future in doubt as Kinnear makes shock return
Alan Pardew’s position as manager of Newcastle United was placed into doubt yesterday when the club made the controversial appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football.
Kinnear, right, has not been involved in football since he was taken to hospital when he was the Newcastle manager in 2009, after which he had a heart bypass operation.
The 66-year-old confirmed in an interview he has signed a three-year contract to become the director of football, a move that will be announced formally today. Kinnear insisted he, and not chief scout Graham Carr, would be in charge of transfers.
The surprise decision to appoint Kinnear is seen as having the capacity to undermine Pardew, who endured a difficult campaign last season. Kinnear is expected to be a regular face at the club’s training ground.
“I’ve been manager of the year three times and had a great football career, so I think I’m ideal for this situation,” Kinnear said. “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to come back.
“It’s an interesting role for myself and I don’t think I could be at a better club to do it.”
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