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With Joe Gone – Newcastle Will Keep This Striker

8:27 am, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

With Joe Kinnear now gone from his role as Director of Football at Newcastle, we feel sure that Papiss Cisse will be going nowhere, even though some Russian clubs, whose transfer window is still open, want to take him away from Newcastle.

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Papiss Cisse will not be leaving Newcastle – not this month anyway

The sudden dismissal of Joe Kinnear late last night has helped to clear the air just a little bit, and hopefully will take some pressure off Alan Pardew this week – not because he’s the first manager in 91 years to lose three times in a row – he will always get pressure because of that – but because Alan had nothing to do with the debacle that happened last week in the January transfer  market.

But the press have been killing the messenger.

We are quite sure Alan Pardew is as furious with Kinnear as the fans are – that Yohan Cabaye was sold and then not replaced.

But of course being the spokesman of the club, he had to at least try to defend what happened, and he didn’t make a good job of it.

But fans have to remember the awkward – very awkward – position he was in.

When I was still at IBM I had to defend some decisions to customers made by executives  higher up the food chain at the company, and it can be very uncomfortable – but you have to defend the company’s position, even though at times it may not make much sense.

We notice some fans say that Alan should have told the press what he was really thinking, but can you imagine the rumpus if Alan had said something like

“Well, I told Joe he had to get a replacement in – but he didn’t – so we are now screwed for the rest of the season - he’s useless and  I’m furious about it all.”

That would have given the papers exactly what they wanted -  a huge embarrassing crisis at the club – once again – they’d love it – and it’s bad enough as is stands at the moment, after all that happened last week and on Saturday.

But the very fact that Mike Ashley fired Joe, tells us there’s just no way he will let Papiss Cisse leave – even for £10M – and we hope we’re right on that.

Newcastle need a new beginning, and we really hope that Ashley will alter his ways as to how he runs the club – but it’s hard to see how that’s possible.

But there was a new five year plan I read yesterday, and if  Mike can do some of that stuff – that would be great. :D

What do you think?

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Barras // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Tony Jimenez
    Derek Llambias
    Joe Kinnear.

    They were all there to take the heat away from Mike Ashley. We all know who the real problem is. We must boycott.

  • 2 valle // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Get David Dein in… Apperently he is MA’s neighbour.

  • 3 jettson1971 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Cisse will come good, once he understands the offside rule, but i suppose you need forward passes to achieve that!!

    As for JFK, GET IN, yet another massive mistake from the fat control freak of an owner

  • 4 estechco // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Applications for the vacant DoF role can be made in person…

    …daan the Dog n Duck this comin’ Froyday noyt!

    Northerners or anyone with the relevant experience need not apply

  • 5 sparky55 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Just woke up to the news and been reading this whole string to get a flavour of the reaction…no surprises really apart from some of you thinking Pardew should be in charge of transfers even though his only foray into player recruitment got us the fabulous Obertan…so please no…no distractions for Pardew whatsoever if you don’t mind…he’s struggling enough to get the lads to pass a ball to one of their own players never mind be in charge of player recruitment as well.

    I have no idea what’s really going on here because it’s almost like most of us use a degree of common sense when putting suggestions forward as to how the club should be run whereas Mike Ashley likes to be perverse…which is why I’m a bit worried…I get the sense he’s lulling us into a false sense of security here…I think there’s a sting in the tail yet to come otherwise he’s not met his weekly obligation of royally winding us.

    Windows closed so no distractions….but there should be shouldn’t there!…we should be planning to recruit summer targets as we seek to recover the lost ground…we cant just wing it in the summer can we?…but I don’t think Ashley is interested…I think he’s very close to selling up…I think the Sports Direct brand is so huge now that Ashley regards it as job done…he’s done what he set out to do.

    Unfortunately I think Pardew will keep his job til the end of the year or until the club is sold whichever comes first.

    I really do think the Ashley era is coming to an end…we’ll that’s what I’m telling myself just to get through the day.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    I’d love to know eggactly why Bills hasn’t been on for awhile, it’s not as eggciting without him posting, we could do with some eggstra views on the situation as his posts are normally eggcelent maybe his thoughts are a bit scrambled on the way Cabaye was poached, but when he does show up I hope nobody eggs him on. 

  • 7 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Estecho

    …..cor bloimy gavnah! Leave it aahhht. Moi bladdy cat is ‘avin the job, innit?

  • 8 martoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    To me it is one of 3 scenarios
    1) There was a big row and Pardew said either he goes or I go.
    2) Kinnear was a patsy to take the blame for Ashley not wanting to spend any money and now he he has served his pupose.
    3) Ashley really was annoyed with his inability to sign anybody and asked for his resignation.

    I personally think it is probably the first option judging by the Pardew’s answers to to press questions.

  • 9 theartfuldodger // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    TS,

    For different reasons, fans reaction has always been tuned down.

    Just when every1s angry looking to do something, Llambias leaves,or kinnear leaves or we perform well on the pitch or we sign 4-5 players.
    We regularly come back to square one but thats the trend for 3/4 years.

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Can’t see David Dein being remotely interested in coming to work at Newcastle.

    Not even going to bother hazarding a guess as to who I think may get the job, although I wouldn’t rule out an MD being appointed instead of a DoF with that MD coming from within Ashley’s current empire and employees – there are 3 directors at MASH holdings, with one being Ashley who only became a director there a couple of months ago. Could point to one of them being moved to a different area.

  • 11 elpaso_geordie // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Cisse’s value just gets less and less the longer he stays – he has contributed nowt all season and I was a big fan of his.
    Any other club i’d say get rid to Rubin Kazan immediately and buy in the summer a few strikers but we all know there are no guarantees for tht to happen either.
    We will finish midtable . approx. 10 nothing more and nothing less anyway

  • 12 theartfuldodger // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Id take some one with a No Messing Around kinda attitude as DoF. But we aint gettig any1 like that so I dont mind Pardew as DoF to be honest.

    Carr and the new manager would identify players and Pardew gets them over the line. Pards need not pick the players to buy.
    He said ” If I was in charge of transfers it wud be different “. Let him have a go. Ashley still honors his contract, we have another person who speaks for the club and we get a new manager.

  • 13 JARRAMAG // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I can easily see Llambias returning so nothing will really change

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Artful,
    @9, so true that, he sacked Houghton and we finished fifth by some incredible feat, he would have looked ridiculous sacking a manager when we were seventh only for Pardew to finish in his rightful place, even the T4C march, apart from the mackem disgrace we ended up going on our best run under Pardew yet, all good if it meant pushing on, but as you say he wants us at square one.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    why hire pardew as Dof, he hasn’t a clue what he wants really.

    I’d much rather get somebody in who either could do the job or better still a manager who knew what he wanted, worked with the scout to ask for certain types/players and then the managing director to go out and buy the player.

  • 16 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Artfuldodger, let him have a go at signing his own players?

    He’s only getting by through the quality of what Graham Carr is bringing in. I dread to think the limited ability of players that Pardew would go for. ‘Flair’ would be a distant memory.

    No thanks.

    One down, an obese man and a spineless leech to go.

  • 17 phatt knacker // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    I remember the talk of the £60m tv money being paid at end of season given as a reason we didnt pay transfer fees this year. Well if thats £60m + £20m for cabaye then even just %25 of thats £20m for all the free transfer/out of contract players we could pick up in the summer. Jk has done the job he was paid for. Slash wage bill and streamline squad. Perch/jonas/cabaye atleast 100k a week in wages and £20m for our biggest earner. Now kinnear takes the blame for fat ash and his profits roll on for another season!!!!

  • 18 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    which 1 would u wont Alexey Mordashov 13bil (Nufc supporter). Wang Jianlin 10bil (Looking to buy southampton WTF Buy Nufc Instead) .Dietrich Mateschitz 5bil (red bull owner) if the last 1 be prepared to change the colours to red and white and be called Newcastle Redbulls ;-P stadium name …Red Bull Arena .lol

  • 19 LeedsMag // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Good points about deflecting the fans anger with this.Its never been clear exactly what JFK was doing in role.I really dont like Pardew, never have, but have given him credit for some good runs – but then he seems totally inept at other times.
    My main worry with JFK was that he was primed to replace AP when he was sacked – at least we cant have that now.We are stuck with AP – Unfortunately we are also stuck with Ashley until he goes at a time of his choosing.
    Could be worse – we could have the Leeds ownership fiasco or Vincent Tan.Lets be careful what we wish for

  • 20 hadthetshirt // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    If you let pardwho pick players then Calton Cole and the like will be coming.No thanks.Do we really need a DOF. Ashley could do the dealing as he did ok last year when Carr picked the players he got them over the line.For goodness sake it’s only 2 months a year,or in our case 1 weeks work as we usually leave things till last minute.
    elpaso_geordie@ 11Cisse’s value might be lower but only because they wont play him.He hasn’t lost the skill of scoring.Make him chances he will score.LDJ is going to find out the hard way that we dont create many in the box chances,so let’s hope he has his long range boots with him.Personally I would like to see both LDJ and Cisse playing and to hell with Remy.Unless he does want to sign.If it doesn’t work toodle oo to both in summer.

  • 21 lesh // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    martoon… I think we’ve seen a combination of your 1 and 3.

    Lilongwe. Dein’s got bigger fish to fry.

    According to Saturdays Guardian, he’s involved with one or more off-shore companies connected to Chelsea and alleged third-party ownership (intellecual property rights) of players. Mourinho’s agent’s supposedly involved too!

    All good fun eh.

  • 22 hadthetshirt // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Thinking about the so called pardwho gambling debt.If ashley sacks him he will still owe him money.I’m sure ashley isn’t that desperate for money that he’s relying on this money every week.It might take a bit longer to get it back but surely west ham would probably give him higher wages.




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