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Newcastle fans' Kinnear fury

Joe Kinnear has been confirmed as Newcastle's controversial new director of football. The 66-year-old angered fans with a radio interview on Monday night in which he questioned their intelligence.

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Manager and chief scout to report to Kinnear

Newcastle United confirmed that Joe Kinnear has been appointed director of football, working as a "senior executive" and reporting to the club's board.

Newcastle United have appointed Joe Kinnear as the club's new Director of Football on a three-year deal.

Joe will report directly to the club's Board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters. Chief scout Graham Carr and manager Alan Pardew will report into Joe.

– Newcastle United statement

Managing director Derek Llambias paid tribute to Kinnear's "many years of experience working within the game."

The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club. Joe has many years of experience working within the game, and this experience will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons."

Joe Kinnear first arrived at United in September 2008, initially as Interim Manager, following the departure of Kevin Keegan. Joe had previously had a successful seven-year management spell with Wimbledon and as a player enjoyed a fine ten-year career with Tottenham, during which time he won 26 Republic of Ireland caps.

– Derek Llambias, Newcastle United Managing Director

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