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The 66-year-old, who controversially returned to Newcastle in June, is adamant that his playing and managerial experience gives him the edge over other technical directors

Joe Kinnear believes his experience as a manager means he is the best qualified director of football in the Premier League.

The former Wimbledon manager's appointment at St James' Park was met with widespread criticism from the Magpies' supporters following a gaffe-strewn radio interview in which he mispronounced numerous players' names.

Despite the misgivings of fans, the 66-year-old believes Newcastle need his expertise and insists he is qualified to succeed in the role.

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"Every top club in the land has got one," Kinnear told the Shields Gazette. "We haven’t – that’s the difference. The manager can’t do everything.

"I’m probably the only football manager to be a director of football. I don’t know any other ex-managers who have.

"I’ve been a manager for 35 years. I’ve been Manager of the Year. I’ve won every award there is in football as a player. I think all those qualities put me head and shoulders above every other director of football."

The likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea have all appointed directors of football but Kinnear believes his playing experience sets him apart.

"Some directors of football have never played the game," added Kinnear.

"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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