Joe Kinnear has confirmed in an interview that he is set to become Director of Football on a three-year deal at Newcastle United. The controversial signing is thought, by some, to put Alan Pardew’s job in jeopardy by undermining Pardew’s authority on Tyneside.
Here’s what Kinnear said:
“I’ve been very fortunate in my life as a manager, I’ve been manager of the year three times and I’ve had a great football career, so I think I’m ideal for this situation.
“I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to come back. I have turned down managerial jobs in the lower leagues, because I felt I’d gone past that and I wanted to get my teeth into something in the Premier League. It’s an interesting role for myself and I don’t think I could be at a better club to do it. I signed it with Mike [Ashley, the Newcastle owner] today and that’s taken care of.
“I intend to meet Alan either tomorrow or within the coming week to discuss the future and go through the team itself. We will discuss where it’s glaringly clear we need to improve and that will be my job, to go and find those players.”
The former manager’s best work came in the ’90s when he managed Wimbledon. But more recently, Kinnear’s most memorable moment came when he went on a tirade against a Daily Mirror journalist in a press conference:
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Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Newcastle appoint Joe Kinnear as director of football in surprise return to former club — Independent
- Joe Kinnear has knowledge but is it relevant in today’s game? — Telegraph
- PSG escalate their interest in Tottenham’s Villas-Boas — The Guardian
- Michu believes the Premier League is superior to La Liga — Sky Sports
- Aston Villa close to signing £1.5m Antonio Luna from Sevilla — The Mail
- Brendan Rodgers hopes to buy Shakhtar Donetsk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £20 million — Telegraph
- Tottenham’s £17m bid for Fredy Guarin is rejected by Inter Milan — The Mail
- Leroy Fer believes Everton remain keen on bringing him in — Sky Sports
- Video: Luis Suárez’s goal was probably better than Andrea Pirlo’s — Pro Soccer Talk
- Pirlo and Balotelli lead Italy to hard-earned 2-1 win over Mexico — 101GG
- Final was 2-1, but Spain-Uruguay was nowhere near that close — Pro Soccer Talk
- World Cup qualifying: Ethiopia progress, South Africa knocked out — BBC Sport
- Riot police use tear gas at Maracana with protests blighting Confed Cup — Independent
- Ivory Coast first African team into play-offs — BBC Sport
- Malaga forward Isco to decide future in next week — Sky Sports