Iain Dowie was the assistant to Alan Shearer, when the Newcastle legend took over as manager of Newcastle on April 1st, four years ago, in an attempt to save the club from relegation.
Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer – when in charge of Newcastle
But the duo got just 5 points from the remaining 8 games, and their short term contract was not renewed, and eventually Chris Hughton was put in charge wit his assistant Colin Calderwood.
And the Londoner and the Scot took his chance big time, by getting Newcastle famously promoted in the next season, with Newcastle getting a a fabulous 102 points in the Championship.
Dowie says the Kinnear appointment was unnecessary (tell us about it):
“I have a great deal of sympathy for Alan Pardew at the moment.” “Wasn’t it about a season ago everyone was looking at what Newcastle were doing,and (saying) ‘that’s the model to follow?”
“They’ve hit the Holy Grail and done it, they’ve found a way of going and buying cheap French players and making them very, very successful.” “Everyone was looking at their model and thinking, ‘this is the way forward.”
“Now, there seems to be a reason to change.” “I don’t understand why you tinker with that part which was working.” “I’m not sure Alan and Graham Carr need another body, do they? All I’m saying is, my view is that’s an area of the club which was working very well, so why change it?”
Newcastle had a terrible time in the league last season, but a lot of that was that Newcastle were just not equipped to also play 14 games in the Europa League.
And apparently Mike Ashley was not happy that Newcastle struggled with relegation, and finished 5th bottom of the league – but who was?
The appointment of Kinnear could be an over-reaction to last season by the owner, but if you believe the story today – he brought Joe Kinnear in to sort out the power struggle supposedly going on between Alan Pardew and Graham Carr.
But Joe Kinnear is not the one to sort out any argument, and as we would have expected – he’s made things an order of magnitude worse than they were.
A very poor and unwanted decision by the still unpopular Mike Ashley – who continues to do his own thing at Newcastle, and completely ignores his paying customers – the fans.
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