More news today on what Mick Harford’s new job will be at Newcastle, and Mick will be tasked to find some talent in the lower leagues, as presumably Joe Kinnear looks to expand the scouting network at Newcastle.
Mick Harford – assistant to Joe Kinnear
Mick will become an assistant to Director of Football Joe Kinnear.
Harford will be attending scouting missions with Joe Kinnear, but it seems like they will be in England with Graham Carr still leading that charge in France and on the continent.
There was some concern yesterday about Hartford’s appointment, since Mick is a coach and former manager, and Alan Pardew handles the coaching side of things, but the Shields Gazette is reporting he will be used on the scouting side, and that’s a bit of a relief quite honestly.
Mick will also monitoring the progress being made by the youngsters at the club, and that’s part of Joe’s remit at Newcastle too, and Mick will be monitoring the progress of the youngsters at the club, and presumably leave the coaching to the current Academy staff at Newcastle.
Harford has managed Rotherham United and Luton Town – and he’s been caretaker manager at Nottingham Forest, QPR and only joined Millwall as a coach last month, and it looks like he will be leaving that position.
One area that Mike Ashley has invested in well over the last six years is the scouting side of things, and if Joe Kinnear can build up that area of the club, with more scouts in South America and Asia as an example, that would be good.
As long as Alan Pardew is allowed full freedom to coach the side at Newcastle as he sees fit, and is then fully responsible for the results of the side, things could still work at Newcastle, even though we are not big fans of Joe Kinnear.
But of course we still want the club to be successful, very successful in fact, and soon too, and we’ll be happy enough if that is achieved with Joe Kinnear at the club.
That has to be Joe’s challenge, keep the stability at Newcastle and find us some top players – that will work.
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