The role of director of football within the English game is once again under the spotlight following Joe Kinnear's appointment at Newcastle
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– Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer speaking to Journal
I think he [Pardew] deserves to keep his job because of the season before. He bought himself time.
The nature of the game is he is under pressure and he knows that, but I'm delighted they stuck with him. You don't become a bad manager in one season.
I'm pleased they stuck by him. He will feel they have to get off to a good start as you always do, but fingers crossed that will happen.
– Newcastle United chief executive Derek Llambias
Everyone connected with the Club was disappointed to finish where we did last season, particularly on the back of such a fantastic year prior to that.
Our discussions on Wednesday were very constructive and we pinpointed a number of factors that contributed to a season which fell below expectations.
We are now looking forward and are entirely focussed on the forthcoming campaign, with the expectation of at least a top-ten finish in the Premier League.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is set to make his final appearance for the club against Arsenal today.
The 38-year-old has spent the last 20 years at St James' Park but will leave the Magpies when his contract expires in the summer.