Football - Kinnear appointment to be confirmed

Joe Kinnear will be confirmed as Newcastle's new director of football on Tuesday as he prepares to head into talks with manager Alan Pardew.

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Newcastle's director of football Joe Kinnear (Reuters)

Press Association Sport understands the club will belatedly announce Kinnear's appointment, which he himself made public on Sunday evening, with the news of his impending return to St James' Park having received a less than favourable welcome from the club's fans.

The 66-year-old, who claimed on Monday night that managing director Derek Llambias had "resigned" from his position, is also due to meet Pardew to discuss the way forward after insisting the 51-year-old had been "delighted" by his recruitment.

Kinnear is adamant he is no threat to Pardew with many onlookers having forecast the manager's days on Tyneside could be numbered with one of his predecessors looking over his shoulder.

He was, of course, in charge of the club for five months during the 2008-09 season, at the end of which they were ignominiously relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

He took charge for 21 matches in total, although he was not on the bench for the last of them, a 3-2 win at West Brom, after succumbing to the heart problems which forced his departure. In total, he won five, including that game at the Hawthorns, drew nine and lost seven, one of which was the Magpies' first derby defeat at Sunderland for 28 years.

However, Kinnear refuses to accept any culpability for what followed and has been bullish to say the least in defending himself against the tide of criticism which has come his way since news of his appointment emerged.

He stirred the waters further on Monday night in an interview with talkSPORT when he said: "To all the fans who don't agree with this decision, shall I bring [Derek] Llambias back in? What do you want? What do they want?"

He added: "I don't know what angle they've got, if they want to sit down and argue with me... Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh.

"I'm not accepting it, as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that's a fact."

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