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Kinnear stays for rest of season


Keeping Owen is a priority - Kinnear

Joe Kinnear has signed a contract as manager of Newcastle United until the end of the season.

He arrived at St James' Park as interim boss in September and will now stay for another six months as owner Mike Ashley continues to try to sell the club.

"Ever since I came to Newcastle, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience," said Kinnear, who was a controversial choice as Magpies manager.

His previous job ended when he resigned as Nottingham Forest boss in 2004.

Kinnear says he will have money to spend in the January transfer window, and believes he will have the final say on who joins the Magpies, not executive director (football) Dennis Wise.

"At the moment, the plan is that I identify the players I want and then that will go back to the chairman, and then I assume he will give Dennis the order to go and get them," added Kinnear.

"But they are strictly my players. I identify them, it goes to the board, they will back it, hopefully finances will be made available and then Dennis will be given the task to go and negotiate and get the job done.

"I have told the owner where I think we need to strengthen and if we can get the players I am looking for, he has promised me that he will back me up."

Kinnear's behaviour will be closely monitored by the Football Association as he has already found himself in trouble twice.

The 61-year-old was warned by the FA after swearing 52 times during a furious attack on the media during one of his early press conferences.

On Thursday, Kinnear was charged with improper conduct after calling referee Martin Atkinson "Mickey Mouse" following a 2-1 defeat at Fulham on 9 November.

But he says he is enjoying the challenge at Newcastle after stepping in for the departed Kevin Keegan, having won two games, drawn four and lost two in his eight games in charge.

"The players have been great to work with and the fans have made me feel at home since day one," added the former Wimbledon and Luton boss.

"We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season, but together, I'm confident we will make good progress.

"We have some very good players already at this club and hopefully we can further strengthen the squad in January, and I will be working very closely with the directors to try to achieve that."

Managing director Derek Llambias said: "Joe has done an excellent job since coming to the club, and everyone is delighted he has agreed to remain in charge for the rest of the season."

Newcastle face a north-east derby against Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday.

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see also
Kinnear handed FA conduct charge
27 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear submits transfer targets
23 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear open to role for Shearer
21 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear fury at 'scandalous lies'
03 Oct 08 |  Newcastle
Magpies name Kinnear interim boss
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Middlesbrough v Newcastle
27 Nov 08 |  Premier League

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