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.
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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