On 18th June 2013, Newcastle United, of England’s Barclays Premier League, confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as their new Director of Football.
Following days of speculation, the club posted the following statement on their official website:
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.
Managing Director Derek Llambias said: “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.”
Kinnear has managed on Tyneside before, during the ill-fated 2008/09 campaign which saw the club end the season relegated to the Championship, under Alan Shearer, following Kinnear’s departure for health reasons.
Before then, Joe Kinnear was manager at Wimbledon for 7 years, following a playing career spent mainly at Tottenham Hotspur during which he won 26 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Soon after this announcement, Newcastle announced the departure of Managing Director, Derek Llambias, who said in a club 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.”
Kinnear will oversee all footballing matters at the North East club.