Last Updated: Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:56
Former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear is back at St. James' Park after being named as the club's new director of football.
The Magpies have handed Kinnear the role with the brief to act as a bridge between manager Alan Pardew and the club's board with his experience seen as invaluable after a disappointing season last term for the north-east outfit.
Kinnear confirmed that he met with club owner Mike Ashley earlier on Sunday to sign a contract with the St James' Park outfit, with the agreement reportedly lasting three years.
The 66-year-old endured an eventful if unsuccessful stint in the United dugout in the 2008/09 season where he won just five of the 26 matches he took charge of.
He also notoriously fell out with media at his first press conference in the wake of his appointment, swearing 52 times in six minutes, after blowing his top at what he deemed disrespectful reporting at the club's decision to give him the job.
Fans weren't impressed either by his handling of the team and many have already taken to Twitter to express their concerns about his return.
However, Ashley has remained a big admirer of the Irishman, describing him as the best manager he has ever worked, with only his heart problems prompting his early exit from the Magpies in February 2009.
Kinnear told Sky Sports News: "It's an interesting role for myself and I don't think I could be at a better club to do it.
"It's absolutely done," he said. "I signed it with Mike today and that's taken care of.
"I intend to meet Alan either tomorrow (Monday) or within the coming week to discuss the future and go through the team itself.
"We will discuss where it's glaringly clear we need to improve and that will be my job, to go and find those players."
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