Tuesday 18 June 2013

Joe Kinnear appointed director of football at Newcastle

Former Newcastle manager returns to St James' Park to take charge of 'all football-related matters'

Joe Kinnear succeeded Kevin Keegan as Newcastle's interim manager in 2008

Newcastle United have announced the appointment of Joe Kinnear as their new director of football.

"Joe has many years of experience within the game, and this will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons"
Derek Llambias

The 66-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club he served as interim manager in 2008 and will report directly to the club's board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and the club’s chief scout Graham Carr will report to Kinnear.

"The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club,” managing director Derek Llambias told the club’s website. “Joe has many years of experience working within the game, and this experience will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons."

Kinnear first arrived at St James’ Park in September 2008, initially as an interim manager, after the departure of Kevin Keegan, but illness the following February curtailed his spell in charge.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland international started his coaching career in the United Arab Emirates, before taking national team reins of India and Nepal. After a brief spell at Doncaster Rovers he enjoyed seven years as manager of Wimbledon between 1992 and 1999.

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  • Joe Kinnear appointed director of football at Newcastle United
  • Former Wimbledon manager takes charge of all football-related matters
  • Manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Alan Carr to report to 66-year-old