Alan Pardew has been extremely quiet this summer, and it seems he’s usually back in Newcastle before now, to prepare for pre-season training, and we wonder why he’s been so quiet this summer.
Joe Kinnear – now exactly a unifying force
Of course it’s very important for players and coaches to get away from it all during the summer, and most of them take off on holiday a couple of days after the last league game of the season, because once they come back, it’s a long and hard grind through May next year – especially for managers.
Pardew was told at his meeting with Mike Ashley a few days after the season ended in May, that the owner was thinking of bringing in a new Director of Football, but at that time Joe Kinnear’s name was not mentioned.
So to have a character like Kinnear, who is hardly a unifying force, move into the club, and then have to report to him, after having a good relationship with Derek LLambias, could be hard to take for Alan Pardew.
And it was completely obvious that Kinnear’s appointment took Alan and others at the club completely by surprise (thanks Mike), and of course Derek LLambias resigned in protest a day after Joe’s formal announcement.
Joe did that stupid interview for talkSPORT before the official announcement, and since then has tried to blame talkSPORT for not asking him about the old times with Bobby Gould – but did Joe really believe that’s why he had been invited onto talkSPORT?
The interview rightly enraged Newcastle fans, as Joe simply showed himself up – but since he was now representing Newcastle, he showed to club up too.
So it was probably best that Alan Pardew kept a low profile, once Kinnear was announced and Alan said only a few words – that he was going toi take Newcastle back up the league table.
We should all know more once Pardew lands on Tyneside – probably tomorrow – and listen to what he has to say about things this week.
Alan’s never talked about Joe Kinnear – but for the good of our club we hope there’s harmony between Kinnear, Pardew and Graham Carr – the transfer threesome.
We cannot afford to have another blow-up between manager and Director of Football – which happened five years ago between Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise, and ended up in the club being relegated for the first time from the Premier League.
We think Joe Kinnear’s appointment is almost the worst possible – but that’s the way it is – and we’ll just have to hope that Joe can do some good for the club.
After all, that’s what his job is.
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