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Francis offered Magpies position

Gerry Francis
Francis has been out of football since leaving Bristol Rovers in 2001

Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear has said he has offered former QPR and Tottenham manager Gerry Francis a coaching role at the club.

Speaking after watching his side battle back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Everton, Kinnear said he needed more help at St James' Park.

"I have known Gerry Francis all my life, he's a great coach," he said.

"I know he is tied up with media work so I put an offer to him to come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

Francis stood down from his manager's position at Bristol Rovers at the end of 2001 and has not had a permanent job in football since.

He has been coaching at Premier League new-boys Stoke City on a casual basis and recently spoke of his desire to make the role more official.

However, Kinnear appears keen to have the 57-year-old former England captain at Newcastle as he seeks to add some experience to his backroom team.

"There is only me and Chris (Hughton), and we have a lot of lads to work with. We need to work in smaller numbers," he added.

"Gerry can do some solid work and I will pay him accordingly. He has no desire to be a manager or anything full-time. He won't be involved in anything on Saturdays.

"I feel we need someone with that experience. He will not be a number two or anything like that, I will be meeting him for a meal on Monday afternoon to discuss it. There is a good chance something will happen.

"If it is not Gerry I will still be bringing someone else in, to specialise in certain things in small groups - defence, midfield, strikers."

see also
Everton 2-2 Newcastle
05 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Kinnear starts work at Newcastle
30 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Magpies name Kinnear interim boss
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Francis ponders future
03 Jan 02 |  Football
Francis leaves Rovers
24 Dec 01 |  Bristol Rovers

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