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Newcastle chief Kinnear: I'd still be manager if not for heart attack

New director of football Joe Kinnear says his playing experience will give Newcastle United an advantage in his role.

Kinnear is convinced he can form a working partnership with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr as the club sets about the task of improving the squad for next season.

He said: "Some directors of football have never played the game.

"I'm lending my experience as a manager for all those years - 10 years at Wimbledon, two years at Nottingham Forest, two years winning promotion at Luton and, of course, almost two years at Newcastle. I would still be there had it [a heart attack] not occurred."

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