Alan Pardew has given an interview with BBC Newcastle, and it seems that Joe Kinnear will assume a lot of the duties that Derek LLambias had, although Lee Charnley, the Secretary, will take up some of the slack.
Alan Pardew – taking the training on Monday
But what Alan has exposed in the interview, is there was a falling out between Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley towards the end of last season, and it seems the appointment of Joe Kinnear was the final straw for Derek – and he promptly resigned from the club.
Alan Pardew has explained as much as he can about what happened:
“It’s quite simple really: for whatever reason, Mike and Derek, something had happened there with their relationship.” “It had broken down somewhat, and I am sad to see Derek go, I am, because I think he has done a great job for the club and I will miss him.”
“With that out of the way, that had to be replaced, that role, and what Mike decided to do was employ a football person to do that job in Joe, so really and truly, my position hasn’t changed and Joe has come to do Derek’s job.”
“The most important thing for me is that I have a seven-year contract to manage this football team.” “I have not said anything but trust me, anyone who knows me will tell you that in my career, I have not let anyone step on my toes.”
“I will be my own man because ultimately, I carry the responsibility of the team.” “Now the team last year, for me, didn’t function as well as it should have.”
“Having said that, had we won the last game, we would have been in a completely different position, but a somewhat false position in my opinion, so I am under no illusions that we need to improve on that.”
“Whether we can reach the heights when we finished fifth is yet to be seen, but I have come back, I am re-energised.” “I am hoping that Joe does as good a job as Derek, if not better, in terms of persuading Mike and pushing Mike to get us the players that I feel we need.”
It’s not accurate to say that Alan Pardew is simply a puppet of Mike Ashley, and Alan says what he thinks, and does what he thinks is best for the squad – and since he’s judged on how the team performs, that’s the only way it will work.
If you are going to be judged on results, than you have to be allowed to do the job your way.
We just hope that Joe Kinnear will behave himself, because it’s clear that the manager knows he has to perform big time in this coming season.
And from what we’ve heard from our players, they know they have to do a lot better than they did last season.
Now to get two or three top players into the club this summer – Joe – where are you?
What do you think?
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