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Premier League: Newcastle's controversial Director of Football Joe Kinnear resigns

 

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Joe Kinnear has resigned as Newcastle's director of football after less than eight months after he returned to the club for a second time.

Kinnear's first stint on Tyneside came during the ill fated 08/09 season when Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League. He took charge as manager in September '08 but due to ill health had to leave the role in February '09.

Club legend Alan Shearer was put in charge for the final eight games of the season, but the damage was already done and he could not help his old side avoid the drop.

During Kinnear's short tenure he had a fractious relationship with both the fans and media, so when he was appointed Director of Football in June last year there were maor concerns over what effect he would have at the club.

He announced his appointment himself three days before the club made it official, with comments that suggested he was above manager Alan Pardew in the hierarchy at St James' Park, and with Managing Director Derek Llambias resigned shortly after, fans feared Pardew would follow.

He stayed however, and Kinnear immediately shot himself in the foot during his first interview after getting the job, where he mispronounced several of the club's senior players' names, including calling Shola Ameobi 'Shola Amomobi and Yohan Cabaye 'Yohan Cabab'.

But perhaps the most perplexing notion about his stint as Director of Football is that despite informing the media that he alone would be in charge of signings, none materialised in the summer, with the exception of QPR's Loic Remy in a loan move.

It has been a similar story in the January window, with another loan signing, Luuk De Jong from Borussia Monche­ngladbach, being the only arrival, despite selling the club's best player Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £19m.

This was obviously something that frustrated Pardew, who insisted that had he been in charge of signings there would have been more after watching his side lose their third successive Tyne Wear derby at the weekend.

The reason for Kinnear's sudden departure has not been announced, but given his apparent lack of influence in the transfer market, despite claiming he could 'open the door to any manager' in the summer, it would appear his inherent failure to bring in players has seen him fall on his own sword.

 

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