Former Newcastle keeper Given admitted he was bemused by Kinnear's appointment.
He said: "People didn't know what to make of it when Joe Kinnear joined. Reading between the lines, Alan Pardew didn't seem overly happy about it. There were question marks about what his job was. Even Pardew was scratching his head. I don'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 don't think that system works. If you look at Sir Alex Ferguson, he was the main man and that's the way it should be.
"When they sold (Yohan) Cabaye last week it came to a head. They didn'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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