It was finally made official around mid-day today and yes – it’s indeed correct – Joe Kinnear is back as the second senior executive at Newcastle as our new Director of Football – alongside Derek LLambias – who it turns out didn’t resign – as Joe had suggested yesterday.
Mike Ashley – what was he thinking?
So it seems that Alan is paying for his bad year last season, but the sack may have been easier to take than having to work for Joe Kinnear.
One problem with Joe, and he has many problems as he has amply demonstrated over the last two days, , is that he has a huge ego – and will probably take over a lot of the public duties with the press.
Joe could even become the manager early in the season, if we have bad start, but surely his heart condition will prevent that from happening?
And it was very noticeable in the short statement issued by Newcastle today that the person most affected by Joe’s appointment – Alan Pardew – was not quoted.
Alan didn’t even toe the party line – that he was happy to be working with Joe Kinnear.
But no – there was nothing – not even this from Alan Pardew – which we half expected if Joe had got his way:
“I am delighted to be working with Joe Kinnear, who tells me he is one of the best football men in the world, and regularly talks with Sir Alex Ferguson and other top managers around the world.”
“He tells me he gave debuts to Andy Carroll at Newcastle in 2006, and brought in Tim Krul back in 2005 – and that’s something – since he didn’t arrive at Newcastle until September, 2008, but that’s how good Joe is.”
“So it seems my new boss knows what he’s talking about.” “And we all know that Newcastle would not have been relegated back in 2009, if Joe hadn’t had that heart problem.”
“In fact Joe tells me Newcastle would have finished in mid-table at least – back in 2009 – and I believe him – because he’s my new boss.”
It’s hard to think of a worse decision that Mike Ashley has made at Newcastle – although there probably are some – but here is another example of Mike not caring one little bit about what Newcastle fans think – he seems to go out of his way to upset the fans – who after all are his customers.
This is not a good day for Newcastle fans – that we have somebody as unprofessional as Joe Kinnear as a top executive at Newcastle United, and he is going to be the new face of Newcastle in the transfer market?
Heaven help us.
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