Alan Pardew ha given a long and exclusive interview in London’s Evening Standard today, and he talks about other Premier League teams, their managers, the potential transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale, the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea and other topics in football.
Alan Pardew - directing operations
But we’re not interested in any of that stuff, only in Newcastle, and here’s what Alan said that was relevant to his current job as manager at Newcastle United, and especially on his interfacing with Joe Kinnear – his new boss at Newcastle:
“Joe absolutely does not interfere in my management of the team.” There can be no clouding or graying of the issue. I’m the football manager. I make all the football decisions that evolve around the game that’s being played on a Saturday.”
“In terms of the transfers, that’s a different story. He’s going to have an opinion. I don’t have a problem with that.” “It’s very difficult for Premier League teams to do the Thursday/Sunday turnaround given the intensity we play at,”
“We possibly made a mistake with the squad not being big enough and took injuries.” “We addressed that in January, only to suffer even more injuries, which took away the impact of that particular transfer window.”
“We think we will get a big benefit of that window now and Loic Remy has come from QPR.”
It does seem that Pardew and Kinnear are getting along quite well, and that Joe is keeping out of Alan’s way on the coaching side of things – which is very good – otherwise Joe’s appointment could have been an absolute disaster.
But Newcastle have brought in only one striker and the manager would like at least two more strikers brought into the club before September rolls around.
If Joe can do that and get the job done this summer, his standing among Newcastle fans could rise, but of course after that talkSPORT interview in mid June, it started out as a disaster.
The signing of Loic Remy on a season long loan deal showed Joe could get the job done at Newcastle, and his standing did rise a bit with Newcastle fans.
But the jury is still out on Joe, and the Director of Football now has a short three weeks left to get some good players through the door.
Come September well have a better idea on how Joe has fared in his first transfer window in his new job.
We hope he does very well.
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