Joe Kinnear Resigns as Newcastle United Director Of Football

Joe Kinnear resigns as Newcastle United director of football, with a completion of less than eight months as a director.

Pardew was disappointed over the clubs efforts on making any transfer, with their loss to Sunderland

“If I was in charge, solely, of transfers, things might be different but I’m not,” he said. “I think I’ve made my opinions very clear this week and all the rest of it is confidential.”

After signing a deal of 19m pounds for selling their midfoelder Yohan Cabaye to Paris St-German, Newcastle did not recruit any replacement in the last two days of the transfer window.

The squad’s only additions and changes were the arrival of strikers Luuk de Jong andLoic Remy, on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach and QPR respectively, while Kinnear was director of football.


Kinnear’s departure, after signing a three-year deal in June 2013, brings to an end his second stint with the Magpies.

He previously managed the club between September 2008 and February 2009 before being taken ill with heart problems.

Kinnear’s return was met with opposition and remarks from Newcastle fans, with the managing director Derek Llambias resigning a day after the appointment.

Kinnear, who reported to owner Mike Ashley on all football matters, reacted by claiming he “could open the door to any manager in the world” and asked fans to judge him on the signings he made.

But he was soon undermined by an interview where he had trouble pronouncing players names.

Alan Shearer, who scored a record 206 goals for Newcastle before managing them for eight games in 2009, said that he was never convinced by Kinnear’s role.

“It was a strange appointment in the first place,” he told BBC’s Match of the Day 2.

“When you sell your best player three days before the transfer deadline you have to have a plan.

“Maybe him resigning is a way of saying he didn’t do his job, but I’m not sure what his job was anyway.

“Saturday’s defeat against Sunderland was as poor a performance as I’ve seen for a long time. They were lucky it was only 3-0.”