It was really surprising news yesterday, that Newcastle has appointed Joe Kinnear as the new Director of Football.
Joe Kinnear – praying during a training session in 2008
Joe Kinnear is not a politician, there’s no argument about that, and he’s outspoken for much of the time, and true to form when interviewed yesterday he had this to say:
“I know I’ve got more knowledge than anyone at Newcastle about football.” “That’s no disrespect to anybody there.”
The first sentence is debatable – and seems a challenge to Alan Pardew that Joe know more about management than the current Newcastle manager.
The second sentence is plainly untrue, because it’s disrespectful to at least Alan Pardew, the current manager.
We’ve had one Director of Football before – Dennis Wise – and that was a complete and utter disaster.
Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise didn’t trust each other – and it ended up in Wise doing the dirty on Kevin, by bringing in players Keegan knew nothing about.
And it’s a good call that one event on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2008, set in motion events that finally led to Newcastle’s first ever relegation from the Premier League.
When Wise and Keegan were at the club, owner Mike Ashley was much closer to his Director of Football than his manager, and the same will be true this time around, as insiders say that Mike Ashley just loves Joe and his confrontational and aggressive style.
This appointment of Kinnear puts pressure on Alan Pardew – there’s no doubt about it – and we wonder how their partnership will work.
We hope it works a lot better than the Wise – Keegan partnership – which resulted ultimately, in Newcastle hitting one of their lowest points as a club in sixteen years.
We hope it will be a lot better this time around, but to be truthful we have our doubts.
And the appointment of Joe Kinnear will hardly bring more stability to Newcastle – if anything it seems on the surface, that it will bring less.
It seems an odd appointment,
What do you think?
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