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Kinnear: I know more than most at Newcastle


Joe Kinnear. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Joe Kinnear. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Joe Kinnear. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

JOE KINNEAR believes he has plenty to offer Newcastle as he returns to the club as director of football.

The former Magpies manager confirmed the news yesterday, having signed a contract reported to be for three years.

Kinnear confirmed manager Alan Pardew is "aware of the situation", though the pair have yet to discuss their new working relationship.

But Kinnear has no doubts about his suitability for the role.

"I believe I'm a very good judge of players, a good tactician and I intend to make Newcastle far better than they are now," he said.

"I can see a good player and know a good player and get the right players in for us to be successful. I have no other agenda.

"I know I've got more knowledge than most people at Newcastle as a football manager and I'll bend over backwards to make sure we're successful.

"If I see players at the club right now and I believe they're not good enough to be at Newcastle, I intend to move them on."

That process will be conducted in conjunction with Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr, starting this week.

"I'm hoping to meet Alan sometime tomorrow to go through the team itself and where it's glaringly clear we need to improve," said Kinnear.

"That will be my job, to find and buy these players. I'm not picking the team, that's what the manager gets paid for. I'm there solely to see he gets the best possible team on the pitch.

"The tactics are down to him. If he wants my ideas, he'll ask for them and I'll answer.

"When the team is put on the pitch, he's in charge of it."

Last season saw the Magpies slip from their fifth-placed finish of the previous campaign to 16th and a genuine flirtation with relegation.

Kinnear is prepared to "discard" those travails though, putting them down to the demands of the Europa League on a squad lacking depth.

"The worst I would be looking at is finishing 10th," he said of next year.

"But we really need to be looking at pushing ourselves up with the Evertons, with the Liverpools."