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Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear resigns

Feb 3, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

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The ongoing inability to sign anyone of value around St. James Park finally came to something of a head Monday as Newcastle United’s beleaguered director of football Joe Kinnear resigned.

It comes after the embarrassing defeat at home to rival Sunderland, but the roots of this discord go back well beyond the weekend.

Some kind of front office upheaval seemed inevitable after yet another transfer window of discouraging one-way traffic. Usually we see quality players come and go from Premier League teams. For Newcastle lately they’ve only been “going,” most notably Yohan Cabaye last week.

It especially cannot be surprising to see the comeuppance for anyone who was around to witness this rather awkward press conference from the weekend. Manager Alan Pardew certainly didn’t seem too sure of the ground beneath Kinnear’s feet as their ongoing tussle spilled into the public.

Kinnear’s departure ends a St. James Park chapter that was odd and perhaps ill-advised from the day he came aboard in the summer of 2013. (Amid fan protests even; and how many times do we see fans protest a front office choice? Coaches, yes … but front office types?)

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