Shock Kinnear return to Toon puts Pardew role in doubt
Alan Pardew's position as the manager of Newcastle United has been placed into doubt after the club made the stunning appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football.
Kinnear has not been involved in football since he was rushed to hospital before a Newcastle game at West Brom in 2009, after which he had a heart bypass operation.
The 66-year-old, however, has confirmed he has signed a three-year contract to become the director of football, a move that will be announced formally today. Kinnear insisted he, and not the chief scout, Graham Carr, would be in charge of transfers, and also spoke of the success he has enjoyed as a manager.
The decision to appoint Kinnear is seen as having the capacity to undermine Pardew, who endured a difficult campaign last season. Both Carr and Pardew were given eight-year contracts last year.
"I've been very fortunate in my life as a manager, I've been manager of the year three times so I think I'm ideal for this situation," he said.
"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." (© Independent News Service)