Alan Pardew has talked about last June’s shock hiring of Joe Kinnear as the new Director of Football, and he says Mike Ashley kind of hinted that somebody new would be coming into the club, although Alan didn’t know it would be Joe Kinnear, who he admits he didn’t even know when Joe returned to Newcastle.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear
The hiring of Joe Kinnear was a decision not welcomed by Newcastle fans with 90% in our poll disapproved of the appointment.
And Joe’s disastrous interview on talkSPORT, before he was even announced at the club didn’t help much either.
This is what Alan told Goals on Sunday yesterday:
“At the end of last year I think Mike wanted to make a change, and he wanted someone in who knew football,” “He chose Joe. He sort of whispered it to me that someone might be coming in, he didn’t tell me who, and then I found out it was Joe.”
“I didn’t know Joe at all. I’ve got to know him a little bit more since he came in. His role, really and truly, is to be Mike’s confidante – ‘What does the manager want?, ‘What does he need?, ‘What can I deliver for him?’. That is Joe’s role.”
“So far he has been supportive. He’s asked me what I want, I’ve told him, and it’s up to him to try to get it out of Mike. He’s not involved at the training ground or tactics or anything, and he hasn’t even offered me his opinion, he’s only asked for mine.”
It’s very good that Joe has kept off the training field and let Alan do his job as the Newcastle manager, because a number of fans thought he was looking to become manager again at the club.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case, and we don’t think his health would stand it in any case.
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