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Magpies name Kinnear interim boss

Joe Kinnear
Kinnear told BBC 5 Live he expects to be in charge for "six to eight games"

Newcastle have named former Wimbledon and Luton manager Joe Kinnear as their interim boss until the end of October in a shock new twist at St James' Park.

The Magpies have been without a manager since Kevin Keegan quit on 4 September, slumping to three straight defeats.

But Kinnear, 61, believes Keegan, and possibly Alan Shearer, could take over once the club is sold to new owners.

The Irishman, who has been out of football management since 2004, said: "I am very excited by this challenge."

And he told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I am aware that the new owners have Kevin Keegan and possibly Alan Shearer parked around the corner.

"I understand investors are about to buy the club, (current owner) Mike Ashley told me openly. I will be here for six to eight games."

Ashley has put the club up for sale after becoming tired of the abuse he has received from fans following Keegan's resignation at the beginning of the month and the team's poor start to the season.

A Nigerian consortium claims it is preparing a 350m takeover fund, with London-based businessman Chris Nathaniel saying: "We're at the stage where we are doing the security checks on the individuals who have the money."

And Kinnear is fully aware - and comfortable with - the fact the role is temporary.

"I've never run from a fight in football and this is just about getting the team through," he told 5 Live.

"I believe the club will be sold soon and at the moment (coach) Chris Hughton needs all the help he can get. I hope now that I can help to get a few results together.

"Those are the cards that I have and I'll do the best that I can."

He admits his appointment may not sit well with the club's supporters.

"The fans will be disappointed, I understand that, but I can't do anything about that. I will just be doing my very best because I am desperate to get back into the game.

"I will be going up to Newcastle on Monday and will pick the team from then. I'll speak to Chris about it."

The appointment follows news that Terry Venables turned down the role over concerns about job security.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle and ex-Leeds and Aston Villa boss David O'Leary were also heavily linked with the temporary role, but Ashley opted for Kinnear.

Kinnear resigned from Nottingham Forest in December 2004 after a poor start to the campaign, despite having kept the club up in the previous season.

But he is best remembered for his spell in charge of Wimbledon in the 1990s, leading them to sixth in the Premier League in 1994.

When I was in charge of Wimbledon I always remember the passion of the fans and how great St James' Park is

Joe Kinnear on Newcastle
And despite mixed fortunes at Luton and then Forest, Kinnear is hopeful he can lead a turnaround in Newcastle's fortunes, with United currently second from bottom in the Premier League.

"Newcastle United is a great club," he said. "When I was in charge of Wimbledon I always remember the passion of the fans up there and how great a stadium St James' Park is.

"It is a big challenge but one I am really looking forward to.

"The team are riddled with injuries with nine players out, which makes the job even harder, but myself and Chris will be working all hours to turn it around."

News conference: Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton

And Hughton, who has served as caretaker since Keegan's departure, welcomed the appointment, saying: "The most important thing is that there is a direction at the club.

"The club felt they needed somebody to come in and give them, certainly for the period of time he will be in, that stability until something major happens, whenever that will be.

"I know Joe well. He is an experienced manager, somebody who has good experience in the Premier League and I am sure he will know most of these players and be aware of their strengths and weaknesses."

see also
Kinnear unmoved by Cockney jibes
27 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Harford backs Kinnear to succeed
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Venables rejects Newcastle offer
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Martins injury blow for Newcastle
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Nigerians prepare Newcastle offer
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Hughton pleads for board decision
24 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Owen speaks of bleak Magpies mood
23 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Ashley tells bank to sell Magpies
22 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Ashley puts Newcastle up for sale
14 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Keegan resigns as Newcastle boss
04 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear resigns as Forest manager
16 Dec 04 |  Nottm Forest
Kinnear keen on Tynecastle post
06 Dec 05 |  Hearts

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