Alan Pardew is ready to draw a line in the sand during talks with Newcastle United's new director of football Joe Kinnear.

The Independent says Pardew is ready to tell his Newcastle paymasters and Kinnear that he remains in sole control of the first team.

Kinnear has claimed he will have authority over the style of play when he takes on the role he dramatically announced he was set for on Sunday afternoon.

That, however, could now be a serious area of conflict with Pardew unwilling to allow his authority in first-team matters to be challenged.