Kinnear claims Newcastle job offer on table

NEWCASTLE&rsquo;S chaotic preparations for life in the Championship took a further twist yesterday when former manager Joe Kinnear claimed to have been offered the job once again.<br /><br />Kinnear, who took over when Kevin Keegan departed in September only to be sidelined by heart surgery five months later, says he rejected a two-year deal last week on health grounds. The Magpies ended the season with fans&rsquo; favourite Alan Shearer in charge but a permanent deal for the former England captain has not emerged while owner Mike Ashley attempts to sell the club.<br /><br />But with the Championship season set to kick off tomorrow, Kinnear, 62, says he could be ready to resume charge in September.<br /><br />&ldquo;I spoke to managing director Derek Llambias, we had a long chat and he offered me a two-year contract,&rdquo; Kinnear said. &ldquo;They wanted to announce it last week but I&rsquo;ve put it on hold. I&rsquo;ve told them I need another month.&rdquo;<br /><br />However, Kinnear appeared to contradict himself in another interview published earlier yesterday. He said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve told Mike I&rsquo;m not going back for at least another three months.&rdquo;