Another explanation today from Alan Pardew about how the new structure at Newcastle should work, this time in the Newcastle Journal.
Joe Kinnear – essentially replaced Derek LLambias
Alan hinted yesterday that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias fell out over the last few months of the season, and that led ultimately to Joe Kinnear being brought in, and Derek LLambias moving out.
Today, Alan says it just wasn’t working, but would not go into details – that’s a pity.
Here’s what Alan said today:
“We are one of those clubs who find it difficult to move early,” “If you’re Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea you are sure you can do your business now although West Brom have brought Nicolas Anelka in, which is a good signing.”
“You like things sooner rather than later, but if I have to wait a bit longer then I have no problem with that. I could put a team out at Man City that could win at Man City with what we have got now. But I need to strengthen the background for a 38-game season.”
“If I’m honest, I think the change with Joe has probably given it a boost,” “I got on well with Derek and Derek did a fantastic job for this club. For whatever reason, I don’t want to go into details, that wasn’t working. It wasn’t working for Joe to be brought in.”
“If Joe can get it to work and take this club forward then that’s good.” “I’m comfortable in so much as Joe’s role will be to influence Mike in the decisions I think are important. Sometimes having somebody else with football knowledge could help and I hope that’s a positive.”
“It doesn’t work too differently to how it worked before. The job for Graham Carr, is to locate players, we’re obviously after a striker, we’ve got four or five on our list that he feels could do the job.”
“I have to consider what would fit into the team and also I have to consider finance.” “Joe’s job is to nail that all down and get the best possible solution that I want.”
“There is a but, though. A very big but.” “The lines of responsibility are quite defined,” “The football is my business.”
“It’s my job to manage this football team, these players and this group of staff to the best of my ability and that’s what I’m going to do.
“I’ve got a seven-year contract (or rather that is how long left on his eight-year deal) to do that. Anybody who’s worked with me will know I work in a manner that I want to be positive and I want my team to certainly produce better performances than we did last year.
“At times during the season I’m sure me and Joe will have conversations around the team but ultimately I’m the manager and it’s my responsibility. I have to make the decisions I think are right and I’ll do that.”
So Joe Kinnear has been brought in because Mike Ashley was not happy at the way the transfers were being handled – that seems to be the core of it.
And it probably came to a head because Newcastle were left wanting last season, when some of our top players were injured, and the youngsters and the fringe players showed they were just not good enough.
So we’ll see this summer how well it works with Joe Kinnear now in charge of all transfers.
For the sake of the club we hope he does well – we hope he does very well.
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