Joe Kinnear quits as Newcastle’s director of football

QUIT ... Joe Kinnear, right.
QUIT ... Joe Kinnear, right.

JOE Kinnear has walked out of Newcastle United – after a series of transfer window failures.

The club’s controversial director of sensationally resigned from his post at St James’s Park last night.

Kinnear returned to the club he once briefly managed last summer pledging to improve the club’s team.

But the 67-year-old oversaw the arrivals of just two players – both on loan.

And Kinnear, a close confidant of United owner Mike Ashley, came under renewed fire from supporters in the wake of the club’s failure to replace influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye last month.

Before Cabaye’s sale, Kinnear had claimed that no player would leave the club in the last transfer window.

Newcastle issued a short statement confirming Kinnear’s departure.

It read: “Newcastle United can confirm that Joe Kinnear has this evening resigned from his position as director of football with immediate effect.

“The club will be making no further comment.”

Kinnear’s exit was welcomed by fans, who had again chanted against him – and Ashley – during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Sunderland at St James’s Park.

The former Tottenham defender claimed he would bolster United’s squad after making a surprise return in an executive role.

Speaking after his appointment, Kinnear said: “Tell the fans I’m there, and I’m going to make their team better than it is now, that’s for sure.

“That’s my message to them. I intend to get the best possible team for the Newcastle fans. It’s as simple as that.”

However, Newcastle’s squad is arguably weaker than it was when he arrived.

The only senior arrivals during his tenure were loanees Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong.

Kinnear said he would have an office at the club’s training ground, but he was rarely seen on Tyneside, and he didn’t attend the Tyne-Wear derby.

Relations between Kinnear and key figures at the club are understood to have become strained in recent months.

And Pardew’s frustration at the club’s failure to replace Cabaye was evident after the Sunderland game, though he did not criticise Kinnear or Ashley.

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