Alan Pardew and Graham Carr have said last week they are staying at Newcastle, but the big question now is can Joe Kinnear work with them, and will he impinge on their responsibilities in his new Director of Football position?
Alan Pardew – a strong character
The Director of Football has worked well on the continent for decades, and with a few big clubs in England it’s working fairly well now, but it changes what a manager’s job is, and he really just becomes the coach, who is tasked with getting the best out of the players he has at the club.
But the Director of Football is responsible for who comes and who goes, and we suppose it can work well if the coach and Director of Football get on well.
Most English managers don’t like having a Director of Football above them, because it takes away some of their responsibilities, and whether it works or not is often dependent on the personalities of the two men.
Graham Souness, the former Newcastle manager, came out last week and said he didn’t think it would work:
“As a manager you’re very well paid, but your neck is always on the line. I wouldn’t accept someone else making all the big decisions for me and I don’t think Alan Pardew will, either. I think it will end up in tears for someone.”
“It can work, but you’re talking here about someone who had all the power to decide who comes and goes and it has been taken away from him. “If it had been in his original job description you could accept it, but that’s not the case in this instance. It can’t be changed midway through his contract.”
Newcastle fans remember well when we last had a Director of Football, and the friction, animosity and disagreement between Dennis Wise and Kevin Keegan set things in motion in September of 2008 after Kevin resigned, that nine months later we were relegated.
And we suppose the same thing could happen this season, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and pre-season training starts a week on Thursday and we’ll know better then.
But we don’t think Alan Pardew is going to stand by and let Joe Kinnear interfere on the coaching side of things – and if Joe does interfere there could well be another blowup.
And it will look even more like what happened five years ago.
We hope (and pray) that doesn’t happen for the sake of our club.
But Mike Ashley has created a similar situation at Newcastle and that statement – if you don’t learn form your mistakes then history will repeat itself – always rings true.
What do you think?
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