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Bonham keen to make Bees point

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Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:54:00

Joe Kinnear says he will have control of transfer policy at Newcastle United, but will work closely with manager Alan Pardew.

It has been revealed that former Magpies boss Kinnear is to return to St James' Park as director of football on a three-year contract.

He has been drafted in to help improve matters on the field, with Newcastle having slumped down the Premier League table in 2012/13.

Kinnear's main focus will be on the recruiting of fresh faces, with it clear that there are areas to be addressed in Pardew's squad.

He insists he will not be looking to force his opinion on others, but admits he will do what is necessary to get those players he feels will benefit the team.

Asked who will have the final say on transfer targets, Kinnear told Sky Sports News: "It will be me.

"If between the three of us (Kinnear, Pardew and head scout Graham Carr) we sit down and iron it out and them two decide that he's not that good, then my ears will be wide open. It's not a case of lump it or like it.

"But if there is a close decision to be made and we are running out of time and it's something we have to do and I see a specific job...

"Footballers come in all shapes and sizes and if there is a specific job that we need to add some meat or beef to the team, we'll do it. I believe that's what we have to do.

"If there is somewhere that we're lacking pace in wide areas, then we'll add that to the team. If there is somewhere where we are short of people scoring goals, and we see people who will guarantee us 20 goals a season, then we will take that chance and I will buy those players.

"First and foremost, once I have clarified that with Alan - this is for the good of Newcastle, this is quite clear what needs to happen here - that will be the area I will work in, it's as simple as that.

"I'm going to do the best I possibly can to make Newcastle a far better team than they are now."

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Kinnear claims he has been given no indication as to the size of the transfer kitty that will be made available this summer by owner Mike Ashley, but concedes that sales are likely as the club looks to generate its own funds.

He said: "The transfer kitty, I am going to assess that next week with Mike.

"I will sit down with Alan first and once I find out what needs to be shifted out of the club - maybe we can get some money back if we need to shift four or five of them, then so be it - we can then look at the targets and present a business plan to Mike to say 'This is what it's going to cost us, this will make us a better team and this will put us up in the top 10'."

The 19-year-old goalkeeper was thrust into the limelight when handed his professional debut midway through the first half of the Hornets' crunch final game of the regular season last term, with the Hertfordshire outfit gunning for automatic promotion from the Championship at home to Leeds.

But it was not the fairytale he had pictured as he shared the blame for Leeds' opener before dropping a clanger for the visitors' 90th-minute winner, forcing Watford into an ultimately unsuccessful play-off battle.

Bonham, released by the Hornets, became Brentford's first signing of the summer when he penned a two-year deal at Griffin Park earlier this week, and he is out to bounce back from his experiences last season.

"I spent six years there (at Watford), it was my first professional club; I also went through their schooling system that they have at the Academy," he told the Bees' official website.

"That's football, you have to move on and hopefully here I'll be able to progress my career.

"I'm here to make a point, I didn't end the season at Watford very well but I want to come back stronger. I've been working hard in the summer to get fitter, on things I can do better and hopefully push Simon (Moore) for the number one and when Richard (Lee) comes back from injury, try and keep the place from him."

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