Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is adamant he will not allow director of football Joe Kinnear to 'interfere' with team affairs.
Kinnear made a surprising return to the club earlier in the summer after being asked back by owner Mike Ashley and he angered fans with claims about his previous achievements while also mispronouncing player names.
It has been suggested the former Newcastle boss could undermine Pardew, who came under pressure last season after narrowly avoiding relegation having only signed an eight-year contract in September 2012.
But Pardew insists he will be responsible for managing the team and Kinnear's duties will be focused on transfers, such as the ongoing pursuits of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy.
"I think initially people thought Joe was definitely babysitting for me here, for things not to go well and Joe to become manager," said Pardew in The Times.
"I think that's what people's first perception was. And I have to say ...