Newcastle's high expectations of a top 10 finish after the previous season was dashed, with relegation a reality last season as Alan Pardew pays the cost with the appointment of a Director of Football.
The Magpies have officially confirmed Joe Kinnear as director of football on a three-year deal with current boss Pardew to report to him.
Kinnear will report to the club's board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters at the St James' Park and while "he will not pick the team" as he said on Sky Sports he will have the final say on transfers.
"The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club," managing director Derek Llambias told the club's website.
"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."
Kinnear's managerial career
Newcastle's chief scout will also report to Kinnear in a reshuffle at the club following their struggles last season when they finished fifth from bottom of the Premier League.