Did Alan Pardew Just Win A Power Play At Newcastle?

Joe Kinnear did almost nothing as the Director of Football, and because Alan Pardew did not want the man on the training field or traveling to the matches with the squad, the players hardly ever saw  the man who was the top executive at Newcastle, and wondered what he did.

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Alan Pardew and Derek LLambias while Derek was at the club

And we understand behind the scenes that Alan Pardew was furious with Joe Kinnear last week, for at least a couple of things – one was for not bringing  a replacement in for Yohan Cabaye, and apparently the club had also expected to bring in Remy Cabella of Montpellier earlier in the window, but that deal fell through too.

And we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Alan Pardew made his strong views felt to the owner, Alan is no shrinking violet as some fans believe,  and maybe he tarted a sequence of events that ended with the top executive being sacked on Monday night – and that was good news for Newcastle fans.

Of course Alan has his own problems with the terrible record he has at Newcastle  against Sunderland and in the Cup competitions.

And while the news is that Newcastle will not appoint a new Chief Executive, be it Managing Director or Chairman in the near future, somebody has to be at the head of the tree and deal with transfers fairly soon.

You always need one neck to wring as they say – in case if things go wrong in any endeavor – and Joe just had his neck wrung – basically for incompetence.

It turns out that Derek Llambias was more effective in the transfer market than we thought, and although he always made a hard bargain he did get players though the door, and none better than a year ago when he helped push the five transfers through,  that ultimately saved Newcastle’s Premier League status.

He also had Douglas of  FC Twente all lined up to buy in June, but once Kinnear came in he didn’t approve the deal, and it was cancelled and Derek LLambias left the club in protest.

Derek was the man in charge during the Kevin Keegan affair in September of 2008, and he was scorned by Newcastle fans at that time, and some have never changed their view on him, but Derek improved in the job and even started to tell the fans what was going on at the club,  which was strange to say the least, but welcome nonetheless.

And since he had a great working relationship with Alan Pardew, maybe Alan is pushing for Derek to return, but whether Derek would ever come back to Newcastle after what happened last June, is a good question.

The news is that Mike Ashley and Derek are back on speaking terms, and we know Derek wanted the job at Cardiff City recently – but whether Mike Ashley will bring him back in, we don’t know.

Mike Ashley is only comfortable appointing people he knows and trusts into any top position, so apart from Derek and Chris Mort, we have no idea who he is thinking of appointing.

But until then the experienced Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley will head the transfer drive and Finance Director  John Irving will also be involved, according to the local papers.

Bur Newcastle will need to appoint somebody as the top executive before June, and until then Alan Pardew will need to work with Charnley and Irving closely, to see if we can get deals tied up before the summer months roll around.

And of course Graham Carr will also be fully involved, as they try to undo any damage  Joe Kinnear may have caused.

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28 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Dekka nearly scuppered last jans moves. Fat man himself had to intervene! He was almost as useless as jfk

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Listening to steve harper on total sport…

    He has said that what the club needs to do is either have Ashley be more vocal or appoint somebody who will be vocal and speak on his behalf, they need to get in touch with fans and really listen to and address concerns and then to actually be focused on winning a cup not just existing.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Is that a still shot of the new Dumb and Dumber film which is being made?

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4


    yes your point about luck is very valid. Ashley Gambles in the transfer market (or forces those below him to) and it is blind luck if it pays off.

  • JK

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Journos just makin it up – i resigned as the funds were not there Ive got my digbity and dont plan on sitting idle for 6 months when my experience is better served elswhere.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6


    But you were worse than Labazie. You also said kebab would not be sold.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7


    yoi cant be the real joe, you have spelled everything correctly. Also, the real jou would wonder how to use the hammer and chissel on the computer screen.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Jou?? Joe.
    Yoi?? You

  • 70TWO

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Two days left for those in charge at NUFC to make a statement that creates some resolution and shows they have short term plans. I would not presume they will have everything completely sorted out, just a plan of action to make me feel more comfortable. This would placate the uneasy feeling that they do not know what they are doing and are humiliating the club.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Is everyone dead?

  • martoon

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    I can’t help feeling that Pardew would have threatened either he goes or I go! I think it was a power struggle that Pardew won. For the next appointment I hope we do it properly i.e. ask for applications, interview best candidates, give job to most experienced suitable person and not one of Ashley’s drinking buddies!

  • firebug666

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    your having a laugh aren’t you, Newcastle make a statement? or let the fans know what is going on? Never going to happen. All we will get is some unintelligent drivel coming out of AP mouth before the \chelski game.

  • cjtoon

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I love how everyone has stopped sticking up for AP now! Very fickle indeed. The bottom line is our squad is a top 8 squad and as such performances should be better.

    The Kinnear resignation just as his appointment was, is perfectly timed to take the heat of AP. The problem is AP cant take criticism he just lets constant excuses fall out of his mouth which make him look like an utter t**t and make the fan base (i would hope) get more and more fed up with him.

    I genuinely cant see us getting anything from chelsea and spurs but they seem to be the only teams (top teams) that pardew’s negative defensive/counter attacking tactics work against.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Think the WHU board are losing the plot
    Apparently there are hiring a top QC to appeal Andy Carroll’s appeal and sue Swansea!

    On topic this was a truly ridiculous appointment, one that damaged the rep of the club especially with the increased media criticism/mockery of the appointment

  • stuart no9

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    The fact is NOTHING will ever work at NUFC under Ashley . He is so unpredictable you never know from 1 minute to another what is going to happen or what is happening . He is trouble , we will never be run properly as a club as long as he is in charge. Now is a good time for T4C to look at courses of action to take against him and to try and force him out of the club.

  • 70TWO

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16


    That is what I am afraid of, another press conference with questions avoided. It does not look very professional and does not build a positive relationship with fans.

  • 70TWO

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone with subscription to the times?

    Any further information from this from BBC Gossip:
    Joe Kinnear was asked to leave his position as director of football at Newcastle United after a litany of mishaps concluded with Yohan Cabaye being sold to Paris St-Germain for a fee that did not match owner Mike Ashley’s valuation of the player.

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    its the only thing hes winning…

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19


    Ashley is very predictable.

    1. sell players for good money when we are in a good place and can build

    2. never sign players when in said good place, only sign when we look like dropping like a stone

    3. every time there is a chance to renew season tickets give fans just a little boost through lies to convince them to renew

    4. repeat

  • cjtoon

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    I do wonder if there are many other clubs in world football subject to as many conspiracy theories. Maybe MA is elvis?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    I must admit i had a moment of relief and optimism when i saw JFK had gone
    It dwindled a bit when the club said no replacement this season would be bought in ( seems to be a theme that!)

    It’s gone completely again now that i remember this interview


  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Nobody knows what’s happened or the dstails of the fiasco, the most widely talked about is that he’s been sacked/forced out, if this is the case and he wasn’t following instructions as a lot of people believe, then surely appointing him in the first place has to be gross incompetence of the highest level.

  • BarcelonaMag

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23

    I’ve just remembered what the name Lee Charnley made me think of. It’s LON CHANEY, the horror film actor from the 1930s.

  • firebug666

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #24

    I think the first new appointment that Ashley should make needs to be a professional who knows how to run a football club, and can stand up to the media when we are being slated, and give the fans simple facts about the clubs future. Leave transfers to the manager as a DOF only ever increases friction within the ranks.

  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25


    Yup that pretty much sums up Ashleys reign.

    Dont hire anyone who obstructs his 4 simple steps.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26


    I can believe that. He probably went into ashleys office and said “boss, i have sold kebab” ashley replies ” did you get the 25 mil?” And joe says ” No, i got something better! They gave me these” -produces tin of hienz- …
    Ashley: “BEANS???”
    JFK ” No boss, these are MAGIC beans!!”

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Stuart No9

    Have you been living in a cave for the past 6 years ?
    The last club of any significance to be bought out was Liverpool in 2010 and that sale was forced by the creditors thru the High Court.
    NUFC’s ONLY creditor is MA – he owns it down to the last paperclip in the dustiest cupboard in SJP.
    The Abu Dhabi group are on record as saying the Man City buy out in August 2008 would not have occured 6 months later because of the global economic crash.

    A knight in shining armour just isn’t going to come riding to the Toon Army’s assistance.
    A much more pragmatic approach is the only way forward ,olive branches have to be proffered no matter how distasteful .
    Would you deal with people who always have to put the epithets “fat” or “cockney” before your name.
    To use one more metaphor – if you’ve seen “life of Pi” – we are on the lifeboat with the Tiger the only way to go forward is an uneasy truce.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    We don’t need Llambias back! I for one am glad we’ve seen the back of both him and Kinnear. We need to get a reasonably young and well respected face on board. Someone that knows the game inside out and ideally if he understands the Geordie nation. Perhaps a fromer player, it doesn’t necessarily have to be Shearer. Les Ferdinand perhaps? Who knows but someone of that ilk would be great for us.

    Someone like that will represent us very well with possible transfer targets and he will also be respected by looking at the former mans career with us. Whoever it is needs to understand what a good successful top 8 premier league club needs, ideally what Newcastle United needs.

    After all would you sign on the dotted line and believe everything a clown like Kinnear or Llambias tells you about the club, they are dinosaurs and never seen in good light, they will never earn the respect from our targets, therefore hindering any possible deal.


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