When Joe Kinnear arrived at Newcastle in mid-June as Director of Football, the appointment horrified Newcastle fans, and it was thought that Joe would put severe pressure on Alan Pardew, and maybe Joe wanted to become the Newcastle manager again, after relinquishing control in February of 2009, because of heart problems.
Alan Pardew – has made good start to the season
And in our poll of over 14,000 readers, a massive 89% did not want Joe as the Director of Football at Newcastle, not another Londoner in the Geordie camp.
And while Alan Pardew seemed under enormous pressure in pre-season, especially because of the relegation fight of last season, and the team massively under-performing in the Premier League, the rather pathetic performance of Joe Kinenar to recruit new players this summer has brought some empathy and even sympathy for the Newcastle manager.
At least when Alan Pardew, who remains the face of Newcastle to the press, does an interview – he doesn’t embarrass himself and Newcastle, which is what Joe tends to do – far too often.
And love him or hate him, Alan Pardew is good with the press, and comes across positively and has always seemed privileged to be the Newcastle manager.
And the fact we haven’t heard anything from Joe since the end of the transfer window, is a big hint that he has been stopped from talking to the press – that’s a very good PR move.
Alan Pardew blamed the injuries last season for Newcastle’s near demise – and it ‘s something Newcastle fans just don’t want to hear – because it sounds far too much like an excuse.
But one of the great unheralded moves made in the summer by the club was to appoint Faye Downey as a fitness consultant and – fingers crossed – it’s already paying dividends with every Newcastle player fit for yesterday’s game.
Pardew said they would study what happened last season, and of course we had some of our best players injured for long periods of time – so at least the club moved to do something about that – and appointing Faye could be a masterstroke.
And with Loic Remy making his starting debut yesterday, and looking good in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, Newcastle looked a good side, and we were a threat going forward and solid at the back.
It’s early days yet of course, but the possibility of another 3 points on Saturday against Hull City, will help raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans, after a summer we’d all like to forget.
And you never know – we may even sign a couple of good players in January.
Hope springs eternal.
Howay The Lads!!
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