Usually when big organization changes are made at a company, you get all your facts together – decide who has which roles, and then ensure there is no overlap, and then announce it in a coordinated and intelligent way – so the employees understand it, and that it indeed makes good sense.
Joe Kinnear – when Newcastle manager
So that’s how it’s done at good companies, but what happened with Newcastle this week was nothing like that.
We heard from Joe Kinnear on Sunday night, that he was going to become the new Director of Football at Newcastle, and not only that, but that Derek LLambias would also resign his position.
And we thought that last piece was tosh (to use Joe’s own words) – but lo and behold Derek resigned from his Managing Director position at Newcastle this morning.
When a person in the know leaks information to the press, like Joe did on Sunday night – it completely undermines the organization he’s working for.
And after leaking the stuff on Sunday night, Joe should have been told in no uncertain terms from either Mike Ashley or Llambias or both, to stop talking about his new position until it was announced by the club.
But that didn’t happen, and Joe went on talkSPORT on Monday night and embarrassed himself and embarrassed Newcastle United – the club he now represents at an executive level – by making misstatements and mispronouncing the names of a number of Newcastle’s very best players.
The powers that be at Newcastle should not have allowed that to happen on Monday night, given that Joe had already leaked stuff the previous evening.
If Joe Kinnear is going to become an executive at Newcastle, there are at least two things he must learn and learn quickly – to keep secrets and to be discreet – and if he cannot do that, he will never last in the job.
And as a good example of someone who can keep secrets is – Alan Pardew – whatever you think of Alan as a coach at the club, he has always acted with discretion, dignity and common sense in interviews.
So it’s up to Joe now – if he is going to continue to undermine Newcastle, like he’s already done on Sunday night and Monday night – even before Newcastle announced his new position officially, he’s just not going to hack it.
Newcastle have not handled the situation very well this week – but the truth is they have been completely undermined by their new Director of Football
Joe must shape up quickly – and for the sake of Newcastle United – we hope he does just that – but time is of the essence.
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