Joe Kinnear is thew new Director Of Football at Newcastle. and that’s the shock news today, after there was news earlier today, that he could be brought back to the club he managed for about five months during our relegation season.
Joe Kinnear – returns as Director of Football
The last time we had a Director of Football was when Dennis Wise came in during January of 2008, and the first thing he said was that he would work closely with new manager Kevin Keegan, but that didn’t happen, and a short nine months later Kevin Keegan had resigned because Wise had brought in a couple of players without telling the manager what he was doing.
The news today is that Joe has been talking with owner Mike Ashley about a new role at the club for about three weeks, and we suppose Joe will be part of a reorganization at Newcastle.
We just hope the fans are told why the new reorganization, what problems it is supposed to be solving, and that the benefits are to the club.
This is what Joe said about Alan Pardew and his new job:
“I’ll sit down with Alan Pardew and talk to him about the strengths, weaknesses and what we need to be successful,” “I know I’ve got more knowledge than anyone at Newcastle as a football manager.”
“That’s not being disrespectful to anybody. And I know I will bend over backwards to do the best I possibly can to make Newcastle a better team than they are now. It’s glaringly clear where we need to improve, and it’ll be my job – my job – to go and buy these players to make Newcastle better.”
“I’m a good judge of players. I’ve got a bright head, I know a good player when I see one, and can get the right players in for us to be successful. There’s no other agenda here. And if I see players at the club right now who are not good enough, then I intend to move them on.”
“There are no issues whatsoever with Pardew. My job is quite clear: I’m Director of Football, he’s the manager. I’m not picking the team. That’s what the manager gets paid to do. I’m there solely to ensure he gets the best possible team out on the pitch.”
“T he tactics and the coaching are down to him. If he wants my advice on tactics and ideas, he can ask me. But he’s in charge of the team that is put out on the pitch.”
That first statement “I know I’ve got more knowledge than anyone at Newcastle as a football manager.” is not a good way to start – with Alan Pardew having been in management for 14 years now, but Joe has always been outspoken – and that hasn’t changed.
Joe was then asked who would have the final say on transfers – and when Dennis Wise last held the job the answer was that it was the manager Kevin Keegan – but it wasn’t.
This time Joe says he’s the one who will have the final say on which players come and go – and when asked who will have the final say on players this is what Joe said:
“It’ll be me. What I’m saying is, between me, Alan and Graham Carr, we’ll sit down and iron it out. If those two decide a player we’re looking at is not good enough, my ears will be wide open. It’s not a case of ‘like it or lump it’.”
“If a close decision is to be made, though, and we’re running out of time and it’s something we have to do, whether that’s adding meat or beef to the team, or pace in wide areas, or someone who can guarantee us 20 goals a season, I will buy those players.”
“I will take that chance once I’ve clarified that with Alan, that this is for the good of Newcastle.” “I’ll assess the transfer kitty with Mike next week once I’ve sat down with Alan first, find out what is wanted, who can be shifted out of the club – maybe we can get money back if we shift four or five of them – and then look at the targets.”
On his health Joe, which could be a big issue, said the following:
“I’m as fit as a fiddle now,” “I’m absolutely delighted with the situation. I’ve been working out in the gym, going for long walks, and I’ve lost a lot of weight – I’m in the best physical shape I’ve ever been in.”
“I’ve just been waiting for the opportunity to come back. I’ve turned down managerial jobs in the lower leagues because I felt I’d gone past that and I wanted to get my teeth into something in the Premier League. This is something I’m looking forward to.”
And from looking at the comments from fans – it seems there is some negativity about Joe being appointed.
But there’s no reason why the partnership between Pardew and Kinnear (and Graham Carr) couldn’t work very well – as long as there is good communication between the two of them and they remember to do what’s best for Newcastle.
That wasn’t the case with Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise and it all blew up – and the end result of that was that we were relegated in 2009, and Joe had been brought in as the manager for five months of that time.
For the good of Newcastle we hope it will all work – and it’s certainly been shown at some other big clubs that it can work well – if the people in charge have good working relationships.
Of course what some pundits will no doubt say is that Newcastle now have a person who can step in for Alan Pardew – if we have a really bad patch again next season – but we wont say that.
What do you think?
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