Joe Kinnear signed a three-year deal to become the new Director of Football, and his job is to work closely with manager Alan Pardew on incoming and outgoing transfers, and of course Che if Scout Graham Carr will also be fully in the loop – but it seems those three are the most important men with Joe reporting directly into owner Mike Ashley.
Joe Kinnear – when Newcastle manager over three years ago
has urged Newcastle United fans to support him in his new role as director of football at St James’ Park.
The 66-year-old made a shock return to the North-East outfit as a senior figure following a five-month managerial stint in 2008.
Kinnear told the Shields Gazette.
“If I get grief, that’s fine,””I can take it. I can take grief. I certainly hope I don’t get it. I don’t think there’s any need for it.” “I’m in a role where I only want the best for the club.”
“I’m in a role where I’m the only one who’s going to report to Mike Ashley. I’m there because I want to make Newcastle a great team, it’s as simple as that.”
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of that. Hopefully, the fans will be as loyal as they have been. Tell the fans I’m there, and I’m going to make their team better than it is now, that’s for sure. That’s my message to them.”
What does he mean he’s the only one that reports directly to Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias reports to Mike too – although we think Alan Pardew reports into Derek LLambias.
But that shows you that Ashley considers the job of Director of Football to be an important one, and Joe will be getting some big bucks for the job.
Dennis Wise was getting a cool £1M a year when he had that position from January, 2008 and left the club quietly on April 1st of the next year, at the exact same time Alan Shearer was appointed manager – to try to save Newcastle.
Alan would have asked for Wise to be out if he was to come in – that looks like what happened there.
The truth is that Joe Kinnear has an important job to do at Newcastle, but the concern seems to be – given the animosity between Dennis Wise and Kevin Keegan the last time we had a Director of Football – will it be any better this time around.
For the sake of Newcastle we certainly hope so, and it will be interesting to hear Alan Pardew’s comments on the appointment, although he’s likely to give the party line – just as Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise did over five years ago, when Wise was appointed a couple of weeks after Kevin came back as manager.
Everything at that time was going to work just great but then the earthquake happened in early September, 2008, and Newcastle ended up being relegated about nine months later.
That kind of stupidity cannot be allowed to happen this time around.
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