Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Job at Toon for Joe Leaves the Fans Baffled; Return Sends Shock Waves across Tyneside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Job at Toon for Joe Leaves the Fans Baffled; Return Sends Shock Waves across Tyneside

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TOON fans were stunned and baffled by the shock return of former manager Joe Kinnear to St James' Park.

In a dramatic announcement yesterday, the startling appointment of Kinnear as director of football sent shockwaves across Tyneside.

The former Toon boss spent just over six months as manager between September 2008 and April 2009 and now he has signed a three-year deal as the club's director of football.

But the decision, made after meetings to restructure Newcastle United's back room team, was greeted with dismay from Magpie fans who failed to understand the return of Kinnear. .co.uk, said he was astounded by news of the appointment.

"I am very surprised but then again I am not," he said.

"Mike Ashley's top criteria for appointing people seems to be people he trusts and who he has some kind of relationship with and obviously we had him here as a manager and he was a nightmare and now he is back in arguably an even more influential position. I think it's terrible. With anything with the club, you hope that however bad the decision at the time, you hope it will work out.

"But I think reading what he said about his time in Newcastle, when he said relegation was nothing to do with him and that a lot of fans did not like him because he was not a Geordie, that rubbish re-enforces his appointment as a nightmare."

Kinnear managed Newcastle for six months but was forced to step aside after suffering a heart attack, shortly before the club were relegated from the Premier League.

Frank Gilmour, former chairman of the Newcastle United Independent Supporters group and current member of the Newcastle Supporters' Trust, said he was shocked by the news.

"I am surprised he is coming back into football at all," he said.

"I always thought because of his health he would not be back, I didn't think the pressures of Premier League football would go well with a heart condition. …

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