Joe Kinnear has resigned as Newcastle United’s Director of Football.

The news came out of St James’ Park late on Monday night and will please many fans that are still hurting from Saturday’s Derby defeat to Sunderland.

The reasons behind Kinnear’s resignation are yet to show themselves, although nobody on Tyneside will require a full explanation, they’ll just be glad the 67-year-old has left United again.

Maybe the former Wimbledon manager’s new focus is to win the FA Cup for the 67th time, or maybe work on his player name pronunciation. “Yohan Kebab” will be pleased if that’s the case.

Kinnear made a rod for his own back when he came out with the line: “judge me on my signings” as he attempted to calm Newcastle fans down when news of his appointment came out eight months ago. In his time, the man in charge of getting players “over the line” has overseen a total of two signings, Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong on temporary deals. That’s hardly a good ratio, whichever way you look at it.

The buffoon did get a significant deal done though, as he managed to sell Yohan Cabaye to PSG three days before the transfer window shut, without getting a replacement in the remaining time.

Another favourite Kinnear story comes from when he went to watch Birmingham City on a scouting mission and was particularly taken with one Shane Ferguson. Kinnear was totally unaware Ferguson is on loan from Newcastle…

But now he’s gone and we can all be more comfortable in the thought that should the axe fall on the head of Alan Pardew anytime soon, it won’t be Kinnear stepping back into the dugout to manage the team.

Maybe now Newcastle’s transfer business can start getting back to the level required of a team pushing for European places, rather than one that places the owner’s oldest buddy as an integral part of the hierarchy.

Good riddance, Joe, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.