Joe Kinnear resigns as Newcastle United's Director of Football

Joe Kinnear has resigned as Newcastle United's Director of Football.

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Timeline: Joe Kinnear's controversial spell at Newcastle

Newcastle United's former Director of Football Joe Kinnear Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

17 June 2013: Kinnear claims he has been appointed as Newcastle United's Director of Football in a controversial radio interview. Says the names of several of the club's key players wrong live on air.

18 June 2013: Newcastle United confirm Kinnear's appointment on a three-year deal.

19 June 2013: Derek Llambias resigns from his role as the club's managing director after the controversy surrounding Kinnear's appointment.

25 June 2013: Supporters hold meeting to discuss concerns over Kinnear's appointment at Newcastle. Kinnear was invited to decline the invitation, instead sending a close friend - Eddie McIntyre - who read out a statement on his behalf.

6 August 2013: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew gives credit to Kinnear for the loan signing of striker Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers.

31 August 2013: Fans publicly hit out at Kinnear for the lack of transfer activity after Loic Remy was the only player brought into the club during the summer

29 January 2014: Kinnear expresses his delight at the loan signing of Dutch forward Luuk de Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach.

29 January 2014: Newcastle confirm sale of star midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain, leading to more criticism of the club from fans.

3 February 2014: Newcastle confirm Kinnear has resigned from his role as Director of Football.

Llambias speculation and Kinnear's exit factors

Llambias left Newcastle United just days after Kinnear's arrival in June last year, but it is understood he and Mike Ashley are on good terms.

As managing director it was Llambias who conducted the club's transfer business, and he implemented a policy of investing in young players with potential.

Yohan Cabaye arrived at St James' Park from Lille for £4.3million during the summer of 2011 and departed for Paris St Germain last week in return for around £20million.

It was that sale, and the failure to replace Cabaye when bids for Lyon's Clement Grenier and Montpellier's Remy Cabella were dismissed which were factors in his departure.

Kinnear, a far from popular appointment in the first place, had asked to be judged on his signings.


Ashley has 'no immediate plans to replace Kinnear'

Mike Ashley Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has no immediate plans to replace former director of football Joe Kinnear. Amid speculation that Derek Llambias could once again have a part to play, PA Sport is reporting that Ashley will not make a short term appointment.

Kinnear resigned after seven months in his role, having failed to make a permanent signing during two transfer windows.

Kinnear made no permanent signing

Joe Kinnear only made two temporary signings Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kinnear, who was appointed on a three-year contract in June last year, leaves St James' Park having not made a single permanent signing during his tenure with only strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong having joined Newcastle on loan.




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