Newcastle United latest: Shearer sickened and Kinnear blocks Douglas move

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Alan Shearer has said that he has been sickened by recent events at Newcastle United, with the former Magpies’ striker saying Joe Kinnear’s appointment at the club undermines manager Alan Pardew.

"While other clubs are all plotting and planning for next season, Newcastle have a manager who has been totally undermined," he said.

"People are laughing at the football club I support. And that sickens me."

Pardew himself has so far insisted he will stay at the club, but there is still doubt over his future, especially after Managing Director Derek Llambias, who he had a close relationship with, resigned yesterday. Pardew, along with chief scout Graham Carr, will now report to Kinnear, a situation that the manager is yet to publically endorse.

There is also speculation that Carr might follow Llambias out of Newcastle as his position could be undermined by Kinnear’s appointment. Newcastle’s chief scout has been widely praised for his work in the transfer market recently.

Reports that Kinnear pulled the plug on a Newcastle move for defender Douglas will add fuel to the rumours that Carr will leave. Llambias apparently resigned just hours after Kinnear blocked the deal for the Brazilian defender, who has been a Newcastle target for several months. Kinnear reportedly said he had never heard of the player, who has played for FC Twente for the past six years.

Plenty of other former Newcastle players and managers have questioned the club’s decision to bring back Kinnear, with Graeme Souness saying that the appointment is a blow to Pardew.

"You're talking here about someone who had all the power to decide who comes and goes and it has been taken away from him. If it had been in his original job description you could accept it, but that's not the case in this instance. It can't be changed midway through his contract," he said.

Kinnear has said that he does not expect Yohan Cabaye to leave the club this summer, but there have been rumours that Monaco have made the midfielder a top target this summer. PSG could also move for the player, with a price-tag of around £20million mentioned in the press.

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