After slagging off Alan Shearer for criticizing him last week, and then apologizing to Newcastle fans for saying he was more intelligent than they were – Joe Kinnear expanded on his role as Newcastle’s new Director of Football in the Sunday Times today – and it’s an expansive role at the club – to be sure.
Joe Kinnear – I may be sacked
We knew Joe was put in charge of everything to do with football at Newcastle, and this is how he explained his new role:
“I will have the job of over-looking the reserves and the youth team and see where we are progressing, as well as being chief adviser to Owner Mike Ashley.” “If things are going wrong at the club I am accountable and he will be coming through me and not anybody else.”
“Everybody thinks Pardew is under pressure. He’s not. I am. I could get sacked.” “The manager: the running of the teams when it comes to the players needed, the selection of players on match days, the tactics and the public face when addressing the supporters via the media will be Alan Pardew.”
“He was looking for clarification over about my role, not his own, and I explained my role to him in full.” “I said, ‘You are on an eight-year contract and my role is to support you and give you the best help possible. I have been informed that you found it difficult last season to speak to Mike or get messages to Mike about various things’.”
“I am not after his job. Alan knew there was a Director of Football coming in. He felt a little isolated and Mike sussed that.”
That’s a decent statement from Joe, and maybe in the future he should stick to talking about his role at Newcastle and not make news by criticizing people like Shearer – a Newcastle legend.
And after criticizing the Newcastle fans, we suppose the next people he should not criticize are the legends of Newcastle, such as Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan and the like – but he’s always clashed with Shearer.
One area that Joe will need to fix is getting top young players that are brought in and then make it through the ranks to become first team regulars, and we’ve had very little success at that over the last six years since Mike Ashley bought the club.
But Joe says some things there that if they are true suggests he can work with Alan Pardew – and he says he’ll let Alan still be the face of Newcastle to the press, which will be important if Pardew is to stay at Newcastle and not resign.
But the reports that Newcastle may be after Brighton manager Gus Poyet come from the Sunday People and Alan Oliver – the former Evening Chronicle reporter – and we just don’t believe it.
And Oliver is also reporting that Dennis Wise could come back as the new Director of Football with Gus.
That will not happen.
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