Newcastle manager Alan Pardew reveals Joe Kinnear has apologised for getting names of players wrong

Kinnear was appointed director of football last month

Alan Pardew has revealed Joe Kinnear has apologised for getting the names of Newcastle's players wrong during his infamous radio interview on Talksport.

The Newcastle manager has spoken at length for the first time since owner Mike Ashley took the controversial decision to appoint Kinnear as the club's director of football.

The appointment caused managing director Derek Llambias to resign and chief scout Graham Carr almost left as well.

“Some of the things Joe said he has apologised for," said Pardew in an interview with Radio Newcastle. “Especially getting the names wrong of our players. That needs to be corrected because there is a certain respect needed there.

“I spoke to one or two players this morning (Saturday) and my staff here and made them very aware of where the position lies.

“I’ve had good experiences (of a director of football) and bad experiences of it. I’m very open minded to Joe’s position. I will take it as I see it. People who work with me will know that I am my own man.

“It is very simple for me. If Joe can persuade Mike to invest in the right manner then that will be the best outcome for us. As well as we’ve done in the transfer market there is always room for improvement.

“I have spoken to Joe and had a couple of meetings with him. I have told him what I think the weaknesses in the squad are. Let’s be fair it’s a squad not a side and I have told him I need to strengthen and I have a couple of ideas.

“I will manage this football club and manage this team to the best of my ability. On the back of last year I am even more motivated to do well this year."

Kinnear is currently on holiday in Italy.

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