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Transfer news: Joe Kinnear to control recruitment policy at Newcastle

Last Updated: 18/06/13 4:55am

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Joe Kinnear says he will have control of transfer policy at Newcastle United, but will work closely with manager Alan Pardew.

It has been revealed that former Magpies boss Kinnear is to return to St James' Park as director of football on a three-year contract.

He has been drafted in to help improve matters on the field, with Newcastle having slumped down the Premier League table in 2012/13.

Kinnear's main focus will be on the recruiting of fresh faces, with it clear that there are areas to be addressed in Pardew's squad.

He insists he will not be looking to force his opinion on others, but admits he will do what is necessary to get those players he feels will benefit the team.

Asked who will have the final say on transfer targets, Kinnear told Sky Sports News: "It will be me.

"If between the three of us (Kinnear, Pardew and head scout Graham Carr) we sit down and iron it out and them two decide that he's not that good, then my ears will be wide open. It's not a case of lump it or like it.

"If there is somewhere where we are short of people scoring goals, and we see people who will guarantee us 20 goals a season, then we will take that chance and I will buy those players."
Joe Kinnear

"But if there is a close decision to be made and we are running out of time and it's something we have to do and I see a specific job...

"Footballers come in all shapes and sizes and if there is a specific job that we need to add some meat or beef to the team, we'll do it. I believe that's what we have to do.

"If there is somewhere that we're lacking pace in wide areas, then we'll add that to the team. If there is somewhere where we are short of people scoring goals, and we see people who will guarantee us 20 goals a season, then we will take that chance and I will buy those players.

"First and foremost, once I have clarified that with Alan - this is for the good of Newcastle, this is quite clear what needs to happen here - that will be the area I will work in, it's as simple as that.

"I'm going to do the best I possibly can to make Newcastle a far better team than they are now."

Finances

Kinnear claims he has been given no indication as to the size of the transfer kitty that will be made available this summer by owner Mike Ashley, but concedes that sales are likely as the club looks to generate its own funds.

He said: "The transfer kitty, I am going to assess that next week with Mike.

"I will sit down with Alan first and once I find out what needs to be shifted out of the club - maybe we can get some money back if we need to shift four or five of them, then so be it - we can then look at the targets and present a business plan to Mike to say 'This is what it's going to cost us, this will make us a better team and this will put us up in the top 10'."

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