We hate to bring this up, but to be a good Director of Football you need to be a good negotiator, very professional and also a good diplomatic and Joe Kinnear, let’s face it, has none of these qualities.
Joe Kinnear - embarrassing meeting with Bent’s agents
And there is news in the Telegraph today – bad news for the club – that Bent is almost certain to sign for Fulham, who play the transfer game an awful lot better than Newcastle have this summer.
Apparently Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear would only offer Aston Villa £2M for the England international in his meeting yesterday, which would not be accepted by Aston Villa, and Newcastle got nowhere near Bent’s wage demands either.
Fulham are said to have already offered £4M for Bent, and will offer a lot more than Newcastle in wages, so basically it was an embarrassing meeting for Newcastle and Joe Kinnear and we are assuming his agents gave spilled the beans to the Telegraph.
And if this is what Newcastle were offering, why even have the meeting at all, just tell them over the phone what are basic offer would be – and not waste their time if it was nowhere near the requirements?
This disappointment and more bad news for Newcastle in the press, is even further reason to think that Joe Kinnear just doesn’t have the qualities to do the job as Director of Football at Newcastle – and it could well be he is simply in over his head.
Since he was appointed to his new position in mid-June, Joe has already proved that a few times, and maybe Mike Ashley will begin to realize he appointed somebody to this position who is just not cut out for it – even though Joe can get any manager in the world on the phone if he wants to.
Joe seems to be having some difficulties in getting his arms around his new job, and still has to have his first success in bringing a player in.
Cross Darren Bent off the list – he’s not coming to Newcastle.
The good news is that the two strikers we are still after – Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis – are good strikers and seem much better suited to Newcastle – if we can get them in.
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