Joe Kinnear has defended himself after taking the director of football post at Newcastle United.
Toon legend Alan Shearer told The Sun that was â€˜sickenedâ€™ by Kinnearâ€™s return, while former chairman Sir John Hall has questioned owner Mike Ashleyâ€™s judgment.
But Kinnear remains adamant that he is the right man for the job.
He told the Newcastle Chronicle: "Being director of football is another step in my football life. It is a natural progression.
"I have been in the game since I was 15 and played in the top stadiums in the world. That experience, plus my experiences as manager, holds me in good stead.
"It is a great position for me and I am proud to take it."