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Premier League

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

Alan Pardew has spoken for the first time since Joe Kinnear was appointed as Newcastle's director of football and Derek Llambias resigned as managing director.

However the message from Pardew could not have been much more succinct and merely adds to the mounting uncertainty over his position. "I'm staying, to take the club up the league," he said.

The position of the Newcastle manager is under huge scrutiny following the appointment of Kinnear.

Kinnear has already said he has authority for the style of play as well as the buying and selling of players.

That was confirmed yesterday when a Newcastle statement confirming the appointment of a new director of football revealed that both Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr would have to report to him. The structural upheaval has undermined Pardew, whose Newcastle side fought relegation, 12 months after finishing fifth.

Pardew and Kinnear met for the first time yesterday and the manager has now flown off on his holidays. His brief comment to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is seen as further proof of the difficulty of the current situation.

Llambias officially resigned this morning after spending five years in an executive role at the club.