Alan Pardew Gives His Views On Directors Of Football

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.

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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.

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Id love it if Pards cam out with a really attacking team, HBA, Marveux, Gouffy behind De Jong and just went for it.

    Season is safe, what is to lose from this game as everyone expects to lose so why not at least have a go. If we did and lost heavily then I still think some people would appreciate the fact he had balls instead of going 442 longball and losing 3 or 4 nil as will happen.

  • jazzyp

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    It doesn’t matter what Dof comes in, Mash still aint gonna open the purse strings. Pardew says he is going to bring in 4 major signings this summer,Imo I think we are going to need more than this.Shola-Gutti-Remy-Obertan-Marvs-Colo ??-Hba ?? are all going to be gone this summer so a major shake up is seriously required just to keep us in the top 10

  • John Tudor

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    add to those gone pardew ashley and the tea lady

  • davetoon

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    @JD tbh i dont think it matters if we try and defend or attack. Without Tiote, we will get hurt in MF and prob lose 4 or 5 nil.

  • SirBobby

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Graham Carr for Director of football would make sense no!! He knows what to look for in a type of player, technical skill, ability and the cost without some Muppet making decisions above him trying to get as little as possible. Any thoughts?

  • AaranD

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully all this talk of trying to push the team forward comes through to fruition in the summer with some good signings as I think the team will be fairly different next season, be that good or bad…
    Think he has also made it clear that its the last chance for some of the deadwood and of they fail to impress now then they shouldn’t be there! And with some of them players off in the summer should have ample amounts of wage space and transfer money.

    It’s also time for some of the younger players to step up. A lot of them who are out on loan are 21, 22 so they need to be making the grade now.

  • davetoon

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought the role of the DOF was to provide continuity at a club where usually the manager changes every 1 – 3 years.
    To build up networks into the club like academy and scouting network and then sometimes to help with transfers if the chairman/ceo/etc needs it

  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Put 4 euros on X or 2… Aim high.

  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Sir bobby
    I gave that a mention yesterday for me it’s a no brainier, if Ashley wants to stay and sort his mess I think Carr is the only choice .
    Not. Going to happen though..

    Regarding Pardews confidence, he’s a self confessed lady’s man.
    All ladies men are full of s**t and full of themselves…

  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Save toon
    A Dof does most of those things and more it depends on what’s agreed on his overall duties.
    Carr for me would be perfect, knows the area and club, used to be a manager, is a top scout has plenty contacts, is well liked home and abroad, should be well versed on transfers.
    I want Ashley out but if by some miracle he wants to change his direction of the club Carr could bring it all together.ive read Ashley trusts his judgement.

    If Ashley wanted the fans to see he wanted to change his ways he should install Carr as Dof tell him he has until the summer to Identify a new manager at which time Pardew is sacked and the new manager and dof start fresh with funds to spend!

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    what I have found with fans

    most are exactly like pardew , don’t see the game , can not read players ,
    they would rather change all the players for not performing than a manager who carnt get the best out of them, they are also the ones who bang on about stability ,

    I don’t get this word stability in football , transfers happen 2 times a year , in reality this has been the most stable the club has been , ,,, not many coming and going , makes you wonder

  • John Tudor

    Feb 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

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    Feb 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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    Feb 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

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    Feb 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

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