In his press conference on Thursday, Alan Pardew talked about how the Director of Football position was coming more into the English game, and gone are the days when managers used to get involved on the financial side of transfers.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear with Graham Carr on the left
The Director of Football position has been popular on the continent for a long time, where the coach is basically the person to get the best out of the players available, and the Director of Football identifies the players to be brought into the club, and not always after consultation with the coach.
Pardew was initially asked on Thursday if he liked being the sole mouthpiece of the Newcastle club, and having to answer questions about things for which he isn’t responsible:
“Well to be honest, I have probably been in that position for a long time. I have to carry that responsibility, and I have no problem with that.”
“I don’t want to talk about other things other than football, if I am honest, but sometimes you do and I give the best answers that I can.”
“I have no problem with Directors of Football. In the modern game, a lot of clubs have Directors of Football.”
“There is so much involved in transfers in terms of the other club, agents, the preparation for the bid and the finances that are involved now that it goes way past what we used to do 10 years ago.”
Newcastle have had two Directors of Football under Mike Ashley – Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear – both cockneys – and both have been unmitigated disasters for the club.
And watch for Joe Kinnear to surface in a month or two when things settle down, and argue that he really did an excellent job at Newcastle – that will happen.
If the owner is going to bring in a chief executive into the club to replace the fired Kinnear, maybe we should call him Chairman – and he would still have the responsibilities for all the transfers into and out of the club.
That’s the title that Chris Mort had when he took over the daily running of the club, after Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, and he’s been the best one Mike has had running the club.
Chris actually used to talk and listen to the fans – a novel concept indeed.
What do you think?
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