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Kinnear makes Newcastle return

June 16, 2013

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Joe Kinnear has returned to Premier League side Newcastle as director of football but says he won’t interfere with team selections by manager Alan Pardew.

The 66-year-old Irishman left Newcastle in 2009 after a heart attack but has now come back to help recruit new players and work alongside Pardew.

“Alan’s aware of the situation and I’m hoping to meet him sometime tomorrow to go through the team itself and where it’s glaringly clear we need to improve,” Kinnear said.

Kinnear added he won’t be “picking the team, that’s what the manager gets paid for”.

Newcastle finished 16th in the league last season.

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