Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear insists he'll get the boot before Alan Pardew should the arrangement go wrong.

Kinnear insists he won't be interfering in first-team matters.

Kinnear said: "I'll have the job of over-looking the reserves and youth team to see where we are progressing, as well as being chief advisor to the chairman Mike Ashley.

"If things are going wrong, I am accountable and he'll be coming through me, not anybody else. Everybody thinks Pardew is under pressure. He's not. I am.

"I could get sacked."