Joe Kinnear has resigned as Newcastle United director of football less than eight months after controversially taking the job.
The 67-year-old was reportedly above manager Alan Pardew in the St. James’ Park management hierarchy, reporting directly to owner Mike Ashley.
But Kinnear failed to make a single permanent signing in both of this season’s transfer windows, only managing to secure QPR’s Loic Remy and Borrussia Monchengladback Luuk de Jong on loan deals.
Meanwhile, he oversaw the departures of five first-team players, including influential French midfielder Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £19million.
And Pardew put the Magpies’ derby day humiliation to Sunderland on Saturday down to Kinnear’s transfer failings.
He said: “If I was in charge solely of transfers, things might be different, but I’m not.
“I think I’ve made my opinions very clear this week and all the rest of it is confidential.”
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer also admitted he was never convinced that Kinnear was capable of being successful in the role.
“When you sell your best player three days before the transfer deadline you have to have a plan,” he told BBC’s Match of the Day.
“It was a strange appointment in the first place. Maybe him resigning is a way of saying he didn’t do his job, but I’m not sure what his job was anyway.”