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Newcastle confirms Kinnear’s return

June 18, 2013

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle has appointed Joe Kinnear as the Premier League club’s new director of football on a three-year contract.

The 66-year-old Irishman left Newcastle in 2009 after a heart attack. He had been the club’s interim manager following the departure of Kevin Keegan. He is coming back to work alongside current manager Alan Pardew and has promised not to interfere with team selections.

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias welcomed Kinnear’s return, saying his “experience will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons.”

Newcastle finished 16th in the league last season.

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