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Alan Pardew has insisted he will remain as Newcastle United manager despite the turmoil currently engulfing the club.
But Pardew told the Chronicle newspaper: “I am staying – to take the club up the league.”
Newcastle United have announced the immediate resignation of managing director Derek Llambias.
Llambias said in a statement: “I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times. I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the North East and, in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter.
“I want to thank the staff for their hard work, our fans for their support of the club, and wish them all well for the future.”
Newcastle United confirmed that Joe Kinnear has been appointed director of football, working as a "senior executive" and reporting to the club's board.
Managing director Derek Llambias paid tribute to Kinnear's "many years of experience working within the game."
PR expert David Alexander said Joe Kinnear's radio interviews would do little to endear him to the Newcastle fans.
Alexander, a CIPR chartered PR practitioner, said the club should have "controlled the message" of his appointment:
He suggested that the club's management should demonstrate a togetherness in order to win back the fans and that a transfer move for former striker Andy Carroll would help alleviate the antagonism.
Former Newcastle United chairman Freddie Shepherd has called on Joe Kinnear to apologise to club's fans.
It follows a radio interview on Monday night criticised fans who had questioned his apparent appointment as Director of Football.
The club has still to officially confirm his position.
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Kinnear riled Newcastle fans by saying he had "more intelligence than them" during an interview in which he mispronounced his player's names