Newcastle: Kinnear handed Magpies role

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After a week of speculation former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has been announced as the club’s new director of football on a three-year deal.

The 66-year-old was last involved in football as the manager at St James’ Park during the 2008/09 season, a spell that threw up a number of controversial moments and lasted just under a year.

Kinnear was eventually relieved of his duties when he suffered a heart attack prior to a Premier League fixture with West Brom. He was subsequently replaced by Chris Hughton and never returned to the post.

The former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest boss gave a number of interviews last week confirming he would be heading back to the north east-outfit, although this was still to be confirmed by the club.

Speaking on Monday the former Republic of Ireland international criticised a number of the Newcastle faithful who he believes ‘do not know what they are talking about’, while at the same time mispronouncing the names of outgoing director of football Derek Llambias and star man Yohan Cabaye.

However, on finally rubber-stamping Kinnear’s return to the Toon, Managing director Derek Llambias said: “The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club. 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.”

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