Former Newcastle keeper Given admitted he was bemused by Kinnearâ€™s appointment.
He said: "People didnâ€™t know what to make of it when Joe Kinnear joined. Reading between the lines, Alan Pardew didnâ€™t seem overly happy about it. There were question marks about what his job was. Even Pardew was scratching his head. I donâ€™t think it was a match made in heaven.
"It can be tricky with a director of football, the manager should always have the final say over transfers. I donâ€™t think that system works. If you look at Sir Alex Ferguson, he was the main man and thatâ€™s the way it should be.
"When they sold (Yohan) Cabaye last week it came to a head. They didnâ€™t replace their best player this season with anyone. To sell him and not replace him was the biggest frustration for the fans."
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