There was some good news last Thursday about Papiss Cisse staying at Newcastle, and finally agreeing to wear the Wonga insignia, and we were very pleased with that – because Papiss is a great natural striker and in his one and a half seasons on Tyneside, he’s scored 26 goals in 61 appearances, and some of those goals have been just unbelievable.
Kinnear – this is most recent photo we have of Joe
So we hope there’s more to come from the Senegal striker.
And there was some good news today from Sky Sports – if it’s true – that Newcastle have increased their bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis to a rather large £6.9M, for striker who is free agent next June.
And Gomis has gone missing, presumably in order to force a move to Newcastle, his first choice club in the transfer market.
Joe Kinnear made a calamitous start in his new job, when he want on talkSPORT and talked all about his new Director of Football job, when it hadn’t even been announced, and told everybody that Derek Llambias was leaving the club, before that was announced, and mispronounced some of our best players’ names, and generally embarrassed himself and Newcastle United too.
If he had done that in a real job – - especially at the executive ranks – he would have been fired rather quickly – and Joe would have deserved it – but Mike Ashley seems to like Joe.
But it’s been very good that we’ve heard nothing, absolutely nothing from Joe since he came back from his holiday over two weeks ago, and we assume he is working hard (very hard) to get two good strikers through the door very soon.
If the Sky Sports news is true, we are also trying to get Loic Remy on a one year loan from QPR – and that’s good too.
Alan Pardew remains the face of Newcastle to the press, which gives him a bit of an advantage over Joe and the Newcastle manager had this to say today in The Times.
“I will always manage one way and that is talking to my staff, talking to my players, talking to my peers, as well as people like the owner, to make sure we are on the right agenda.”
“Joe now fits in there. But he can’t interfere with me managing the team and I won’t let him. I made it very clear to Joe.”
And of course Alan’s right, Joe cannot interfere with what the manager does on the coaching side of things, that’s not what a Director of Football does.
We don’t know what Mike has told Joe Kinnear, but maybe he gave him instructions not to give any interviews to the press, and that would have been some good advice from Ashley to Kinnear a few weeks ago.
That may be what has happened, and if Joe can get some good players through the door, and use his millions of contacts he has told us he has in place around the world, and keep bringing in good players now and in the future to Newcastle, he could even be a successful Director of Football at Newcastle.
That’s possible if not altogether probable.
What do you think?
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