The Mirror is reporting today that our former manager Joe Kinnear, who had a heart problem in February of 2009, and couldn’t continue as Newcastle manager, could be making a surprise comeback to the club as Director Of Football.
Joe Kinnear – when Newcastle manager – 2008-2009
That’s the surprise news today, but the bigger question is what duties will the Director of Football have – and the last time we had one of those it was Dennis Wise, who was responsible for recruitment of senior players and youngsters – but that role has largely been taken up by Chief Scout Graham Carr – with some success we may add.
And back in August of 2009, Dennis forgot to tell then manager Kevin Keegan that he was bringing in some new players, which led to the earthquake at Newcastle that saw Kevin leave the club in September of 2008, our relegation season.
Joe is now 66 and still has that heart condition, so it may not be too wise (excuse the pun) to take on too much of a stressful job – assuming the news that he could become Director of Football may even be true.
The news seems to be that Newcastle are restructuring the organization, and bringing in a Director of Football who would usually be responsible for scouting.
We suppose in that case Graham Carr would report into the Director of Football, who presumably would be at the same level as manager Alan Pardew, and report into managing Director Derek LLambias.
But it was no secret that both Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias both had a soft spot for Joe, who did his very best to save Newcastle – and we think we would have stayed up if Joe had not had that heart problem just before we smashed West Brom 3-2 on the road.
But the initial reaction to Newcastle fans to this story is not positive.
The bigger question in this story is what will the new roles be at the club – and what’s the specific purpose and benefit of introducing a Director of Football – which was a complete disaster when Dennis Wise was in that position.
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