Alan Pardew: I’m staying to take Newcastle up the Premier League
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists he is staying at the club despite Joe Kinnear's appointment as technical director
Alan Pardew has confirmed he is staying at Newcastle United despite the club’s appointment of Joe Kinnear as technical director.
The Magpies managing director Derek Llambias resigned from his position on Wednesday morning, with his decision reportedly triggered by Kinnear’s arrival at the Toon.
There was speculation Pardew, who signed an eight-year deal last season, could follow Llambias’ example but the Magpies boss has reiterated his desire to remain at St James’ Park.
“I am staying – to take the club up the league,” Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle.
On Tuesday, Llambias welcomed Kinnear back to the club after the 66-year-old had previously managed the Magpies for a short spell in their 2008/09 campaign.
“The board is pleased to welcome Joe back,” said Llambias. “Joe has many years of experience working within the game and this experience will be of great benefit in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons.”
Kinnear, who penned a three-year deal, has already insisted that there will be no problems between the technical director and Pardew.
“If the managerial situation changes, I can assure you it will be somebody else coming in. It won’t be me,” said Kinnear.
“I’m not interested in being a manager. If he gets sacked, I will help to find somebody else.
“The best thing we can do at the club is bond together because we could all get the sack if things aren’t going right.
“We need to make sure we reach our target and keep the owner happy — otherwise we will all be out of work.”
Llambias’ decision to quit came minutes before Newcastle’s fixtures for the coming Premier League season were announced, with the Magpies starting their season with a trip to Manchester City.