Premier League: Kinnear optimistic about Newcastle future


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Newcastle’s Joe Kinnear is confident he can create a strong relationship with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr to see Magpies move back into top half.

The former Wimbledon boss returned to Tyneside on 18 June, charged with the task of reinvigorating the club following a disappointing season which saw them finish a lowly 16th in the Premier League table.

Kinnear previously managed the Tynesiders during the 2008-09 season but was forced to leave due to health issues.

However, he obviously left a positive impression with owner Mike Ashley, although his return has caused some disquiet at the club, with both Pardew and Carr’s futures being brought into question.

The Irishman hasn’t helped himself with a few controversial statements, including a now infamous interview that saw him mispronounce a number his player’s names but Ashley has refused to budge and the manager will now have to report to the 66-year-old over poor results and possible transfers.

Despite the unrest at his appointment, Kinnear remains bullish about his role and says he is looking forward to speaking to the staff about taking the club forward.

“We’ll sit down and iron out what we think is the best for Newcastle,” he said. “Our role is to get the best players and the best team that Newcastle can have. That’s what I intend to do.

“Each night, I will be going to matches. Maybe I will be going out of the country with Graham. We will travel around. We will go elsewhere to try to open the doors on new signings.”

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