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Joe Kinnear – Gone As Director Of Football

11:53 pm, Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 89 Comments

At least something productive has come out of Newcastle’s  last two transfer windows, when we have failed to sign any player permanently, and news tonight that Director of Football, Joe Kinnear,  has resigned.

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Joe Kinnear – has resigned

This is the statement released by Newcastle United tonight:

“Newcastle United can confirm that Joe Kinnear has this evening resigned from his position as Director of Football with immediate effect.”

“The Club will be making no further comment.”

A Director of Football position is an executive position at a football club that requires negotiation and persuasive skills, amongst other executive skills  - and Joe was never equipped to be a Director of Football.

And his appointment last June was simply a complete disaster that really upset Newcastle fans,  and he immediately embarrassed Newcastle by being interviewed on talkSPORT, and not only did he embarrass himself but embarrassed Newcastle United too.

It seems the only reason he  got the appointment was that Mike Ashley liked him and could work with him, but this resignation is a result of two pathetic transfer windows, and last week  Newcastle sold Yohan Cabaye and did not replace him.

And while we cannot be sure, there are some indications that some of our targets have been put off by Joe Kinnear’s personality and approach.

Joe should never have been appointed to the position in the first place, and we are pleased Mike Ashley has fired him – which is what has happened.

In these types of dismissals the person is generally asked if he will resign, or be fired – and they get their choice.

We now wonder if Mike Ashley will be looking for a new Director of Football, or whether we can get by without out – with Alan Pardew potentially helping to recruit new players.

Or Mike could appoint a Chairman of Newcastle, which is essentially what both Derek LLambias and Chris Mort were before Joe Kinnear came in – we’d prefer this option with the person being the top executive at the club reporting directly to the owner.

This is good news for Newcastle fans, and at the moment we need all the good news we can get.

If there is a new Director of Football we’d like it to be somebody who is either from the area or has previously played for Newcastle and would be a popular choice with Newcastle fans.

What do you think?

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89 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SBergenwall // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Praise the lord!

  • 2 andrew84 // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    I wouldn’t get too excited, we’ll probably get Dennis Wise back in!

  • 3 SlicRic // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    The late great Sir Bobby Robson musta had a word in god’s ear

  • 4 kevymartins // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Now MA sell up and let the good people of Newcastle party.

  • 5 andrew84 // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    That was very much tongue-in-cheek by the way, I’m over the moon :)

  • 6 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM


    Doesn’t mean a thing. Especially as they’re apparently mates. MA could have suggested that JFK resign.

    Like I said, the next move will tell us a lot…

  • 7 croftus5678 // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    anyone else thinking because it was joke that walked and not ashley who sacked him it was joke who had the problem with ashley and not ashley who had the problem with joke ?

  • 8 mattnufc // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Praise the Gods.

  • 9 SharpEnough23 // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Lets not get too excited Ashley is still here…

  • 10 archaeomag // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Just looking for a positive; I would like to think MA sacked him.

  • 11 SlicRic // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Being a newcastle fan you have to grasp the small moments of happiness when they come along tonight is one of those moments

  • 12 Graeme // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    The best news I have heard in many a long month. Great news.

  • 13 The Atlanta Geordie // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I say graham Carr to DOF once we get a new owner with ambition

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    187toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    @nufcfans: Interesting suggestion from @Guus_Rotink, was it Pardew who pushed Kinnear out? Clearly seems to be some tension re: transfers. #NUFC

    @nufcfans: AP quote: “You know, if I was in charge, solely, of transfers, the answer might be different, but I’m not.” #NUFC

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Like I said before I hope this isn’t scripted and if Dirk Dastardly comes back it will incite riots.

  • 16 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM


    Like I said before, there are 2 scenarios:

    1 – MA genuinely wanted a Cabaye replacement and has forced JFK to resign as he didn’t do his job properly
    2 – JFK was trying really hard to do his job but has resigned because MA’s restrictions made it impossible

    Announcements over the next few days and the next appointment will tell us a lot about MA’s real ambitions for the club.

    We’ll find out soon…

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Whatever your doing take 2 minute to watch this it’s brilliant!!!

    @nufcfans: Alan Pardew tonight… #NUFC

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM


    I remember reading that quote and the whole interview. He was being grilled about transfers and he said he couldn’t answer, that’s all. People are reading too much into that quote. All he was saying is that if he was in charge of transfers then he would be able to answer.

  • 19 SharpEnough23 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:02 AM

  • 20 kevymartins // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Or maby JFK resigned because he needed more time to try get the bronze medal on floppy bird.

  • 21 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    what a FLUCKING belta

    2 more to go

  • 22 Beattie25 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Pardew fans already heaping praise onto for his fabricated hand in this resignation.

    Bull shit.

    Pardew had nowt to do with this, just like Kinnear had nowt to do with Pardew getting the players to hit 194 long balls against Sunderland (all of which failed, as pointed out by nufc_stats on twitter)

  • 23 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Nail in Pardews coffin.

    No fear of Kinnear taking over now.

    Mikey has removed the armbands and rubber ring, and threw him in at the deep end.

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I’m fully aware of the full interview, I’m not sure how you got anything from it seeing as the NUFC press officer blocked half the questions

    I also think he made it clear he’d told the board exactly what he thought about Cabaye not being replaced

  • 25 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM


    honestly mate i would pick both and it wouldn’t surprise me either

  • 26 CisseSomething // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:07 AM


  • 27 manxpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    in football tho theres alot of “resignings” instead of “sackings” it all seems very calculated whichever it is
    i.e you hand in ya resignation and close ya mouth you’ll get a pay off
    or ya sacked and i’ll take a gamble on wat ya say and how much sticks!

  • 28 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:10 AM


    Yeah, the press officer blocked the questions and then Pardew said he didn’t have any comment to make on the matter, they asked again and he said that maybe his response would have been different if he was in charge of transfers. In other words, maybe he wouldn’t have just said “no comment” if he was in charge of transfers because it would have been his responsibility to say something.

    Doesn’t mean any more than that.

  • 29 manxpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    194 long balls!!! in 1 game!! that means at least 2 a minute of every minute!! in other words bullshit!!!

  • 30 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Black and White with an army lol

    MA told JFK to make signings but made it so restrictive that even the best DoF couldn’t have done so? Then MA told JFK to resign because he didn’t get the job done?


    It’s actually a possibility!

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    In your opinion lad, in your opinion

  • 32 jokinoot // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Good news at last have to change me name noo Ashleyoot

  • 33 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Maybe he’s had a pint with dennis wise at the weekend, and he wants him to take over lol

  • 34 mattnufc // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    My opinion:
    Mike realised Joe was bloody useless. As friends, offered him resignation instead of firing.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Ha ha ha fuskin ha, I didn’t expect that :)

  • 36 Ramshack // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    It pains me to say Newcastle are becoming an EPL joke. Watch our graduale decline down the table as the rest of the season plays out

  • 37 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    This just in !

    Ashley Accepts £261M Bid For Newcastle From Russian Billionaire
    - Alexei Mordashov – 45 year-old Russian Billionaire buys Newcastle club .

  • 38 remember69 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I would not be surprised if Pardew forced the issue. As much as we fans are frustrated with the lack of signings it is AP that has to try and work with a diminishing set of players. I’m sure he was furious with the sale of Cabaye and the lack of reinforcements – I bet he’s a happier man today.
    Hopefully this is an indication of a change in policy and investments will be made in the summer.

  • 39 archaeomag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    To Quote ED & the Press

    Q: “Part of the problem you’ve got is that if you don’t speak out against not getting a replacement it makes it look as though you’re going along with the decisions the board is making and therefore you get criticism heaped on your shoulders and take the blame for that.”

    Pardew: “Yeah, I’m a professional manager. You know, if I was in charge, solely, of transfers, the answer might be different, but I’m not.”
    Funny Old World

  • 40 archaeomag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    It’s Just Like a New Signing . . . .

  • 41 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:17 AM


    Either way, I’m very interested to see what happens next…will be a very important time for the club. And will answer the questions of who was to blame for the fiasco of Cabaye leaving and nobody coming in. JFK or MA?

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    What happened to Local zero, and does that moniker imply that you want nothing to do with the locals btw.

  • 43 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    That wouldn’t even shock me lol

  • 44 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM…/ashley-accepts-261m-bid-for-newcastle-from-russ…?

  • 45 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    i place bets on pards taking charge of transfers taking advice from carr.

    part of me is hoping ashley wants to win things with him getting involved with the 5 signings when we was relegation bound (bye bye lambs arse after that) and now we will lose positions + money because we aint got a clue anymore (its bye bye joke)

    just wish ashley would speak about wtf is going on and that i could believe it if he did speak :-(

  • 46 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Sorry Lad’s n’ Lasses couldn’t help meself ..

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Why ?

  • 48 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:21 AM


    BBC is backing your interpretation so maybe you’re right…they may have listened to the interview too rather than just reading the trsnscript. Not to say that is right…but maybe…that’s quite good news

  • 49 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Jail ..Im a git

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I hope we get to find out, otherwise there will be hundreds of different theories as to what happened.

  • 51 Kamikaze Koala // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Praise the gods!!! 1 down 2 to go!!!

  • 52 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    the club just said, no further comment will be made

    I think the most like story is Mash offered him the opportunity to resign + looked after him

    I don’t know how people suddenly deduce that Mash is about to sell up. He would have let a new owner deal with JFK and given a massive pay off clause, they are mates.

  • 53 archaeomag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Joe “Judge me on my resigning” Kinnear

  • 54 manxpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    well i’ll put this out there but IF ashley actually got properly involved in the club like he did when he came here and worked directly with the manager and staff it could actually be a good thing??

  • 55 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I don’t want that other slime ball back like. He’s just as bad as Kinnear imo.

    and a lot more shifty

  • 56 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    He could have just made Kinnear the fall guy for that farce of a window p, and the one before that

  • 57 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:27 AM


    you git you nearly had me jumping out of my seat lol :)

  • 58 Toonboi4EVA // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:27 AM


  • 59 Toon Tang // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    “feels like a small crack has appeared in this brick room with no windows and doors, allowing one solitary ray of light to penetrate darkness within the chamber. A full brick could be removed sooner thank we envisaged, allowing us to fully appreciate the outside for the first time in years. We’re still trapped patiently waiting though, a more substantial exit from the nightmare slowly moves towards us”

    …that sums it up perfectly : although one of ‘the family’ has departed, there is still a long way to go.

  • 60 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Yoi know, i am not saying either way if it did or didn’t happen, but it IS possible Pardew did have a sudden fit of bravery and stand up for himself. Discounting it just because you dont like him is hardly scientific. From some points of veiw it makes sense. From others it is unlikely. Whatever it is, it happened behind the scenes, so we will never know either way.

  • 61 manxpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    totally off subject but that french comedian (anelkas mate) gets banned from the country for doing nothing in this country
    but we can’t chuck out known terrorists or hate preachers worlds gone mad like!

  • 62 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Trying to make the angry mob not so angry.

  • 63 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM


    This next appointment is going to be interesting.

    It was a farce to begin with.

    Just another monumental mistake in Ashley’s long list since 2007. Joe was never suited or skilled for this post.

    It does make me feel better that he has gone though, it can only be a good thing he is no longer connected to the club in anyway.

  • 64 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I see GFN are reporting that the Cabaye fee was 20m, rising to 23m over 18 months based on bonuses.

  • 65 Foxworth // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Now just get Cortese in & Ashley out.

  • 66 nufcusa // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    This is interesting. MA well and truly in the limelight now.

    This is a huge opportunity to stabilize the club again from the top down. I will be positive about this but won’t hold my breath.

  • 67 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    It was the way he carried himself
    He looked deflated and sounded dejected

    Just felt he was aiming shots at the board

    However he has no safety net now so needs to step up

  • 68 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Pardew wud do well at this. He’s politically astute and i think could negotiate and influence. I think llambias eill return though. Contrary to what same say, eg my buddy billson, ash is a terrible owner who makes awful recruitment decisions all the time

  • 69 manxpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    mark well tbh with pardews comment….

    Pardew: “Yeah, I’m a professional manager. You know, if I was in charge, solely, of transfers, the answer might be different, but I’m not.”

    surely he’d be the one in trouble (to ashley) saying that to the big bad world instead of jfk

    so it kind of makes sense and maybe ashley has seen some!! (i’m sure i’ve said that before tho!!)

  • 70 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Cortese anyone?

    …. One things for sure all those complaining about DL I would take him back in a heartbeat over JFK!

  • 71 Sydney Toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    About time!
    To me, IMO, this is the same as Llambias situation, both didn’t do the jobs they were asked to do, both failed, more so Kinnear than Llambias. Kinnear was pushed, surely!
    Now comes the interesting next few days. Has a replacement been lined up and knowing Ashley’s past, there will be somebody lined up.
    There are some great Football CEO’s out there and also great DoF out there.
    The obvious comes to mind would be Nicola Cortese, but where would that leave Pardew?
    Just a slight left field option… Would Carr be appointed to DoF, he has the experience and respect of Ashley and Pardew?
    Will Pardew get full control, which appears to be the easiest option, one that makes Ashley nervous but ultimately brings 1 person accountable not a few.

  • 72 2_goal_tino // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    This is the only good that has come from the past month.

    Ashley has undoubtedly forced Kinnear out! Remember last January, Ashley was frustrated with the lack of signings and took a hands on approach and was directly involved in that spell of 4 signings in 5 days. His frustration with transfer inactivity was why Llambias left.

    Also disagree with Ed saying the next appointment should be a local or a former player. It should be the best person for the job … I’d welcome back Chris Mort but he won’t come back to football, Nicola Cortese is available….

  • 73 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM


    The Cabaye fee using exhange rate was 19.85 million why everyone listed it as 19m opposed to 20m is beyond me.

    I heard it rises to 23m also but on here everyone reports the most negative possible thing.

    On another note haven’t posted since the weekend was disgusted at the teams performance on Sat.

    It was back too hoofball with Shola on the pitch!

  • 74 Finnbad The Sailor // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    While this appears to be good news. It’s to little to late, this other than probably silencing some of the begrudgings of the fand has still left us reet up shits creek for the remainder of the season in terms of no creative presence in midfield due to the departure of Cabaye, however I am quite glad Marveux had found his way back into the side because I really like him as a player.

  • 75 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Like i say. I am not necesarily throwing my hat in that ring, but Pardew always said ” we must replace cabaye” and jfk did not do it. Maybe even fat man knew cabs had to be replaced.

  • 76 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    tummmmm,ta-da-da-da-dummmmmmm….I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!!!! :D :D :D

  • 77 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    What is bugging me, is Ashley going to do his normal trick of one step forward two steps back here??

    Im glad Joe has gone, but going off Mike’s track record of dropping unsavoury bombs it is making me feel really uneasy here..

  • 78 Dondatta13 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I swore about 6-7 months ago I was dine with this shower, until ownership changed hands…

    My stance hasn’t changed.

    This JFK thing, is all smoke and mirrors, he was brought in to NOT sign anyone and sell the assets…

    Job done, payed off, and away!

    Can you not see it?

  • 79 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Cortese fired Pardew at Southampton.

    If he wants to undermine Percy, he’ll hire him like.

  • 80 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    We’ll end up with another idiot no doubt.

    Agree with Munster. Ashley appointments are usually awful.

  • 81 hadthetshirt // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    As Ted Lowe said “The pressure’s mounting at the crucible” :) :) Good riddance jkk

  • 82 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Ashley was having dinner with Clive Allen and pals at the weekend, they were having a right nosh up in the
    York and Albany…Camden Town..Glenn Hoddle was also sighted.

  • 83 potski // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Hilarious. So all of these “theories” spouted over and over ad nauseum for months, and even being given yesterday by several posters to back up their opinions (which they don’t accept are opinions) that Mikey intended to replace Alan with Joe all the time, and he was only brought in as DoF to piss off Alan to avoid paying him compensation and/or to piss off fans is proven to be the biggest BS ever.

    C’mon let’s see the verbal diarrhoea trying to explain this one:)

  • 84 Naz M // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:21 AM


  • 85 Cabyebye // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Come on lads, we knew from the get go that JFK was going to be the fall guy, he would take the heat for no signings and be happy as larry with his pay check.

    This is definitely a calculated move with the guise of appeasing fans given we haven’t signed anyone in two years.

    I hope I’m wrong, but then again – who the hell would want the job as DOF of NUFC under MA???!
    No one worth their salt I reckon.

  • 86 camas // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    I really like this blog although sometimes it can be be really embarrassing reading some of the comments. Kevy martins wtf.
    What a moron, get a grip will you Kevy?
    Spend some time checking what you’ve written, your spelling and grammar .

  • 87 Big Mick 007 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    1 down 1 to go! But nothing will change until the Fat Man sells up!

  • 88 Ancientcoptic // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    It must be bad when even Joe Kinnear resigns and forgoes 2 years wages.

    Whilst we are all happy, it sure makes Mike Ashley look the clown, not even his chuckle brother sees the funny side anymore.

  • 89 toonicle // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Yay! Finally a bit of good news

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