It’s been another terrible week for Newcastle fans, but maybe there are some bright spots starting to shine through the clouds – just maybe?
Graham Carr – staying at Newcastle
Alan Pardew did the right thing this week, and essentially said nothing, as the Kinnear nonsense was in full bloom, and then Alan issued a short statement saying he was staying at Newcastle, so he could take the team up the league table.
And we heard yesterday that Graham Carr had told friends he would be staying, and that’s the new news today.
So in retrospect. that’s two bits of good news – and you’ve got to take them where you can find them these days. 😀
The other thing that’s worked well for Newcastle, at least since Tuesday – is that we haven’t heard any more nonsense from Joe Kinnear – but of course he caused himself and Newcastle a lot of damage by that stupid interview he gave to talkSPORT on Monday night.
The news yesterday was that Joe had been brought in to help fix the ongoing battle between Alan Pardew and Graham Carr, but if that news is true, and we have our doubts, a person like Joe Kinnear is hardly the type of person who is going to do anything to help the situation – he’s not that type of cool and collected personality – in fact he’s almost the opposite.
So if Mike Ashley has any sense, there’s two ways he could go – one is to end this Kinnear nonsense right now, and admit it was a mistake – Joe can go away – and we can all go back to relative stability again.
If he does that, things could even look bright again for Newcastle – in fact they could look very bright.
It’s a bit like when you hit your head continuously against a brick wall and then stop – it feels really good. Having Joe Kinnear this week has been terrible, and if he suddenly leaves we’ll all feel so much better.
The other thing Mike could do is to prohibit Joe from talking to the press for the foreseeable future – at least for a month or so – until he settles down in the job and proves he can work in his new position, and work well with Alan Pardew and Graham Carr.
We have our doubts about that, but preventing any interviews will prevent Joe from doing any more damage.
It’s hard to think that Joe Kinnear’s appointment is anything but a disaster for Newcastle United, but if Mike Ashley puts some limits on what he can do – it may reduce the damage he can cause.
But if that’s what you have to do with a new Director of Football – four days into the job – it’s probably a poor appointment – a very poor appointment.
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