Former Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear is set to rejoin the club as director of football on a three-year contract.
The 66-year-old is thought to have been brought in as owner Mike Ashley seeks to breathe new life into the club after a disappointing season in which they finished just two places above the relegation zone.
“I don’t believe I could be at a better role at a better club.
The former Wimbledon boss managed Newcastle from September 2008 following Kevin Keegan’s resignation and remained in place until April 2009 when he was was forced to leave for health reasons.
His record at St James’ Park was mixed, though, as he won just five of his 26 games at the helm. However, Ashley has clearly not been put off by that spell.