Boss Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr set to report to director of football.
Newcastle United have confirmed that former boss Joe Kinnear has been appointed as the club’s new director of football.
The 66-year-old returns to St. James’ Park after a four year absence to sign a three-year deal at the club.
#NUFC can confirm that Joe Kinnear has been appointed as the Club’s new Director of Football on three-year deal
In a statement, Newcastle United confirmed that the new role will see the former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest boss report directly to the club’s board on all football-related matter, while manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr will report directly to Kinnear according a Sky Sports journalist.
Interesting no quotes from Alan Pardew in #nufc press release but Pardew told he and Graham Carr will report to Joe Kinnear
— Phil Forster (@Sky_PhilForster) June 18, 2013
The 66-year-old had a turbulent sixth month spell as interim manager during the 2008-09 season, falling out with both players and national journalists, before health problems saw him miss the rest of the campaign.
The ex-Tottenham defender’s arrival comes less than 24 hours after the veteran manager made several factual errors about his previous time at Newcastle during a bizarre interview with talkSPORT.
News of Kinnear returning to the North-East has brought an angry reaction from Toon Army supporters, with the Newcastle Chronicle highlighting fans’ views on their front page:
Although reports of Kinnear’s potential return first appeared over the weekend, it is claimed that the arrival has only been officially announced today because Alan Pardew was refusing to provide a statement welcoming Kinnear back to the club.
It’s understood no confirmation from #nufc yet on Joe Kinnear because Alan Pardew is refusing to provide a statement welcoming him to club