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Pardew's sad to see Kinnear departure

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has insisted he was sad to see director of football Joe Kinnear leave the club.

The 67-year-old's resignation was announced on Monday night after he failed to make a single permanent signing during more than seven months in the post.

Many onlookers had suggested Kinnear's appointment had undermined the manager, and his inability to land a replacement for Yohan Cabaye during the final few days of the January transfer window left Pardew with a significantly weakened hand.

However, asked for his reaction to the Irishman's departure, the 52-year-old said: "I'm just sad to see anybody lose their job, as Joe has. He did a lot of good work here.

"But that decision was the board's decision and we have to now work towards getting us, and our position in the league, more secure.

"My job is actually the next game (at Chelsea tomorrow) and that's what I'm focusing on.

"I have no problem with directors of football. In the modern game, a lot of clubs have directors of football."


IRELAND'S youngest international team conceded midway through both halves to lose a friendly against Turkey in Antalya yesterday afternoon.

Hamza Tosun put the hosts ahead on the half hour and the second goal came in the 69th minute when Görkem Çelik fired home.

But Ireland U15s Head Coach Colin O'Brien was delighted with the performance his youngsters produced. "It was a good performance overall," said O'Brien. "The match was played in 20 to 22 degrees for most of the game so it was a new learning curve for them."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Giltinan (Carrigaline United AFC), Byrne (Carrigaline United AFC), Fowler (Belvedere FC), Murphy (Salthill Devon FC), O'Driscoll (Cherry Orchard FC), McKenna (Belvedere FC), Murphy (Raheny United FC), O'Connor (New Ross Celtic FC), Hamilton (Belvedere FC), O'Loghlen (Avenue United FC), Porter (New Ross Celtic FC). Subs: Keena (Mullingar Athletic FC) for Porter 51, Molumby (Villa FC, Waterford) for O'Loghlen 54, Stokes (St Kevin's Boys FC) for O'Connor 69, Scully (West Ham Utd FC) for M Murphy 69.