Joe Kinnear has been brough into the club to be another football person involved with recruiting players to Newcastle, and not only that, but as Director of Football, Joe is in the lead on this, and will need to communicate closely with Alan Pardew and Graham Carr, who now report to him.
Joe Kinnear – this is how to judge him
That’s how it’s supposed to work , and while Joe has made almost the worst possible start in his new job, the major way to judge his impact at Newcastle is by seeing who he signs this summer, because that’s the first chance fans will get on whether Joe will be any good in his job.
If Joe is going to be successful there are a few things he needs to do – with the major things probably being as follows:
- Sign top players for Newcastle and also keep our top players at the club – like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa
- Form a triumvirate with Alan Pardew and Graham Carr as a kind of recruitment and scouting board and work hand in hand with them
- Continue to let Alan Pardew and Graham Carr do the jobs they were doing – and don’t impinge on that, but augment their work
- Keep in the background, and give press interview sparingly – very sparingly – they are not needed in this job
- Allow manager Alan Pardew to continue to be the face of Newcastle United to the press
Newcastle seem to be rather late in this transfer window – with other clubs like Liverpool as one example, who have already signed four top players – yet Newcastle have nobody through the door yet, not even one youngster, although we have been closely linked with 16 year-old striker Olivier Kemen.
It’s the latest we’ve been in the transfer window for a number of years – because even last year at this time, we had signed Gael Bigirimana from Coventry for £1M – and he still looks like a great signing.
Over the last couple of years or so Newcastle have been relatively stable – and we want to stay that way – so another way to judge Joe is that the bad publicity is kept to a minimum – and it doesn’t get like it was in the first week after Joe was appointed – which is unacceptable.
We can do without that – thank you very much.
And Joe has to remember that when he speaks now, he is representing the Newcastle United at an executive level, and he has to be very careful about what he says.
Now whether Joe has the ability not to keep putting his foot in his mouth, we have our doubts, but we’re willing to be wrong on that, for the sake of the club.
So come September, we should have an idea on how Joe has performed so far in his new job, at the end of his first transfer window as the Director of Football.
It will be a combination of what players have been signed, which players have left the club, and how stable the club has been over the summer months, with a minimum of bad publicity.
That’s the way to judge Joe in his new job – and for the sake of our club we hope he does well – very well.
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