There’s a report by Simon Bird in the Mirror today that reports on Joe Kinnear’s disastrous reign as the Newcastle Director of Football – and that may have pout Mike Ashley of ever appointing another Director of Football with Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear both being hopeless.
And Simon of course was the unsuspecting journalist on the end of that tirade of filthy language from the then Newcastle manager in early October of 2008, in Joe’s very first press conference, shortly after he had been appointed as the interim manager of Newcastle, after Kevin Keegan has walked out of the club – for a second time.
Ashley with Kinnear – the last Director of Football?
There were 52 swear words in that tirade – mostly the F word and the C word – and at the time, newly arrived Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez couldn’t find those words in the English dictionary they were given to study – as they started to learn English. 😀
And the rumor is that Joe’s words in the dressing room often had to be translated for them by the English players.
And news tonight there has been a meeting last week between Alan Pardew and John Carver with owner Mike Ashley and Graham Carr and his scouting team – so maybe Newcastle will go without appointing another Director of Football or without even appointing a Chairman or Chief Executive.
Although it would seem we need some senior executive reporting to Mike Ashley to run the club’s day-to-day business.
But it could be that Joe’s reign, which was a complete disaster, has soured Mike Ashley of ever appointing another Director of Football at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew was asked whether there is any sign of a new Director of Football arriving at the club:
“No discussions about it. I’m pretty sure about what I think we need. We’ve started that process last week. The process of bringing players in here’s now very much on-going.”
“Myself, Graham Carr, Mike and our scouting team had a meeting and we have some targets we need to put our minds on.”
“Obviously we need to present it to Mike at some stage that it makes sense financially. This club needs to wipe its nose.”
“I spoke to a couple of guys who I think could assist me. One of them has worked in football but he’s not from football.”
It seems the transfers will be handled by Secretary Lee Charnley and Director of Finance John Irving, and we don’t know if those two were at the meeting last week.
Perhaps the purpose of the meeting was simply to discuss the transfer targets for the summer — and we assume there will be a lot of them.
And it could be that a person to assist Alan with transfers could actually report to the manager, and be part of his team, and we assume he would need to work very closely with Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Comments always welcome.
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