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.
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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