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Kinnear insists he deserves shock Newcastle return

Joe Kinnear doesn't expect any backlash from Newcastle United fans over his appointment as new football director.

During his first reign in charge, Kinnear railed against the local media.

Kinnear said: "I love being back up in Newcastle, irrespective of the situation I had with the media.

"I'm one of those fellas that has to speak my mind, I'm not one that holds back - if I've got something to say, I'll say it.

"The disappointing thing, that I didn't realise when I was up there but now I'm aware of it, is that Geordies are Geordies. They want people from that area to work for that club.

"But you've got numerous international managers from all parts of the world.

Would Newcastle object to somebody coming in who was Spanish, or something like that? I don't know.

"Because I wasn't a Geordie, for some reason that went against me - because my record speaks for itself, it's there for everybody to see.

"But I got over that, I maybe reacted a little bit over the top but half of the stuff that was written was very disappointing.

"It's all water under a bridge, it's all finished now."

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