After only 8 months in the role, wily 67 year old Joe Kinnear has resigned from his role as Director of Football at Newcastle United. Kinnear was appointed Director of Football by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Kinnear's sole job was to bring in new talent into the team.
However, he was vilified from the offset by fans and critics who had still not forgiven him for the role he played in the season Newcastle were relegated (2008-09).
The negativity surrounding his appointment only intensified when a disappointing campaign last season was followed by inactivity in this summer's transfer window. Loic Remy has the only player brought and he was only a season long loan deal.
To Kinnear's credit, Remy has been an inspired loanee and the Newcastle have had a strong season, suggesting they did not need many reinforcements to meet their objectives.
Unfortunately, this peaceful period did not last long when Yohan Cabaye left for PSG a few days agao and Kinnear was unable bring in a replacement; in fact, for the second transfer window in a row, only a loanee was brought. This time Luuk De Jong.
The affects of Cabaye and an inibility to buy other players were all to obvious in Newcastle's last match against Sunderland, where their bitter rivals thrashed them 3-0 at home.
As of now no one from Newcastle has stepped forward to offer an explanation, though it is believed the pressure from the Sunderland defeat may have contributed to the resignation.
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