Joe Kinnear may not take proper charge of a game at Newcastle United!

The Observer says Kinnear, who will be paid £100,000 a month plus £20,000 for each win and £10,000 for each draw, is currently serving a two-match touchline ban incurred during his last job, at Nottingham Forest in 2004. It means his first game in the dugout is scheduled to be against Manchester City on 20 October - almost a month after he was given the job.

And it's emerged that three consortiums are vying for control of Newcastle, with a deal likely to be in-place inside a month's time.