It was a complete shock last Sunday when Joe Kinnear told the world that he was going to be the new Director of Football at Newcastle.
Joe Kinnear – back at Newcastle
And of course he wasted no time at all in embarrassing both Newcastle and himself by making misstatements about himself, and comically mispronouncing the names of some of Newcastle’s best players.
We don’t think Joe has what it takes to be an executive at anything – never mind a top executive at a big club like Newcastle – but we’ve been thinking how he could make a decent recovery after such a catastrophic start as the new Director of Football.
Here’s some things he could do to mend his current image of a blundering baboon:
- Give a nufcTv interview, and talk sensibly about the job you have taken. Tell the fans how it’s all going to work and why you were put in this new position
- Don’t use the F word
- Keep future interviews to a minimum, and allow Alan Pardew to continue being the face of Newcastle to the press
- Explain the benefits of having a Director of Football at the club – after it was a disaster the first time around with Dennis Wise
- Let Alan Pardew do his job
- Let Graham Carr do his job
- Create good working relationships with Alan Pardew and Graham Carr and work closely with them to pinpoint future Newcastle transfer targets, for the good of the club
- Don’t ever criticize the Newcastle fans
- Get a list of each Newcastle player along with their names and photos and memorize them – so you know who’s who in the squad – and make sure you pronounce their names correctly – especially the names of French players
- Keep in the background at Newcastle – that’s what your new job requires if you are to be a success
So those are some of the guidelines that immediately come to mind – if Joe Kinnear is ever going to make things work in his new Director of Football role.
What are some other pointers Joe should consider?
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