Joe Kinnear – Gone As Director Of Football


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?

Comments welcome.

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89 comments so far

  • SBergenwall

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Praise the lord!

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  • andrew84

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #2

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

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  • SlicRic

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #3

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

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  • kevymartins

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • andrew84

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #6

    archaeomag

    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…

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7

    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 ?

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  • mattnufc

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Praise the Gods.

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  • SharpEnough23

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets not get too excited Ashley is still here…

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • SlicRic

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #11

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

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  • Graeme

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • The Atlanta Geordie

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #14

    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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #16

    archaeomag

    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…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #17

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

    @nufcfans: Alan Pardew tonight… http://t.co/S42eue9sLv #NUFC

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #18

    TADS

    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.

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  • kevymartins

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #20

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

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #21

    what a FLUCKING belta

    2 more to go

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #22

    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)

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  • Belfast

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #24

    TDS
    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

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #25

    ToonDarnSarf@16

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

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  • CisseSomething

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #26

    THANK YOUUU JEEEBUSS

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  • manxpie

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #27

    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!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #28

    TADS

    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.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #29

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

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #30

    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?

    Ha!

    It’s actually a possibility!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #31

    TDS
    In your opinion lad, in your opinion

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  • jokinoot

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Good news at last have to change me name noo Ashleyoot

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  • Belfast

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #33

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

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  • mattnufc

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #34

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #35

    tads,
    Ha ha ha fuskin ha, I didn’t expect that 🙂

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  • Ramshack

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #36

    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

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #37

    This just in !

    Ashley Accepts £261M Bid For Newcastle From Russian Billionaire
    …/ashley-accepts-261m-bid-for-newcastle-from-russ…?
    – Alexei Mordashov – 45 year-old Russian Billionaire buys Newcastle club .

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  • remember69

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #39

    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

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #40

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

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