After Joe Kinnear resigned on Monday night, Newcastle United are not expected to name a successor to the role vacated by the 67-year-old.

There has been speculation surrounding who will now take charge of overseeing transfer business but United are understood not to be in any rush to replace Kinnear, who ended his eight-month tenure at St James’ Park after Newcastle suffered a humiliating defeat to Sunderland.

Derek Llambias is being touted as a front runner for the post, as the former managing Director has now patched up his relationship with owner Mike Ashley and is keen on a return to the Club.

Llambias left the club days after Kinnear was installed as Director of Football, obviously sharing many Newcastle fans’ opinion that the former Wimbledon manager’s appointment was a poor one.

With Llambias involved with transfer dealings, Newcastle raided the French league for top talent and captured Yohan Cabaye for a bargain £4.8m.

A return to that type of transfer would be welcome amongst Newcastle fans, who have grown angry and frustrated at their club’s failure to sign any player on a permanent deal for the last two transfer windows.

The reason behind Kinnear’s departure is yet to become clear, although there are rumours that the Club asked him to resign (maybe so he can keep up his record of having “never been sacked”).

Another possibility is that Alan Pardew’s patience snapped when Newcastle were hammered by fierce rivals Sunderland at the weekend and the Magpies’ need for a replacement for Cabaye was highlighted. It’s possible that Pardew issued Ashley with an ultimatum, and that led to Kinnear signing something permanently – his resignation paper.

Whatever happened, there is now a chance for Newcastle to reassess their transfer system and install the right people to find more talent like Cabaye to push for a European place next season.

Let’s hope there are no more nasty surprises like Kinnear along the way.