There is some strange news today that Sunderland-born Mick Harford will be appointed by Newcastle United as Joe Kinnear’s assistant.
Mick Harford - being appointed by Joe Kinnear?
The former striker, who was at Newcastle from 1980 until 1981, has apparently been in talks about linking up with Joe Kinnear again, according to reports today.
Harford was appointed as the first team coach at Milwall earlier this year, and knows Joe Kinnear well because he played under Joe at Wimbledon from 1994 through 1998 – so if this is all true the question has to be – what is the role that Mick Hartford will take up at Newcastle?
It must have to do with transfers and scouting, because that’s what Joe’s job is, and we wonder how this new position intersects with the job Graham Carr does as the Chief Scout at Newcastle.
And also how it interfaces with Alan Pardew’s role as the manager (coach) of the club.
The appointment of Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football at Newcastle was a complete disaster, according to most fans, and here’s the poll we took related to his appointment at the time.
You could logically conclude from the above poll that Joe Kinnear’s appointment at Newcastle was not popular among the fans.
And most fans had hoped that Joe foot-print would remain small at Newcastle, but it looks like he is building up the group that works for him – and if Mick Harford works directly for Joe – he will be at the same level as Alan Pardew – which seems very strange to say the least.
And usually when you employ somebody at an organization, there is a job description that goes with the new job, what the job is, how it intersects and interfaces with other existing positions, and why it’s needed – that’s how it’s usually done in normal organizations.
What we do need is a top executive (where is Chris Mort these days?) to replace the departed Derek LLambias, because obviously Joe Kinnear has no experience in an executive position, and to have him as the only executive currently at Newcastle is just a little scary.
To put it rather succinctly – we have no idea what’s going on with this potential appointment at Newcastle.
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