Newcastle appoint Kinnear interim manager

Joe Kinnear has been named as interim manager at troubled club Newcastle United. The 61-year-old former Wimbledon boss will take charge of the club until the end of October after Terry Venables turned down the role.

The move marks an unexpected return to football for Kinnear who immediately stressed the need for Newcastle to get some points on the board. "Results have not been great of late, but there is a lot of quality in the squad and I am very confident the players are capable of climbing the league table," the Dubliner told reporters.

Kinnear acknowledged that the duo of Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer would be the 'dream ticket' to takeover at the club and that Newcastle fans may be disappointed by his appointment: "I will just be doing my very best because I am desperate to get back into the game. I will be going up to Newcastle on Monday and will pick the team from then. It is a big challenge but one I am really looking forward to."

With the club's owner, Mike Ashley, reportedly in talks with a Nigerian group over a possible takeover, it looks as if there will be wholesale changes at Newcastle in the coming months.

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