The Mirror has a report out today that is saying that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has told his manager he is safe from the sack and that Ashley will continue to back him as manager, and he will soon appoint a new Managing Director to take the weight off Alan a bit, since he seems too isolated at the club.
Alan Pardew – help on the way – a new Managing Director
Alan is the club’s sole face to the media, and he often has to answer questions on things he is not responsible for – like the financial side of things and the transfers.
This comes in the wake of Alan getting a £100K fine and a formal warning from the Newcastle owner a short eight days ago, after his headbutt of Hill City player Davide Meyler.
Joe Kinnear was fired in early February, following another disastrous transfer window, and Joe in truth was simply a complete disaster in his eight months as Director of Football on Tyneside.
Mike wants to appoint a person who is a good negotiator in Newcastle’s transfer dealings, and we have to think this has come up because Joe Kinnear was probably completely hopeless at negotiating.
We hope Ashley will appoint a football man to work with Alan Pardew, although that’s one reason he said he appointed Joe Kinnear last summer, but it will help if the Managing Director has experience in football, so he can converse on football matters with the manager.
And the news is that Derek LLambias will not be making a return to Newcastle.
It’s a pity Les Ferdinand is busy helping Tim Sherwood at Spurs, because Les would be very good as a Managing Director or Director of Football, and it’s always good if he has previous ties with Newcastle.
That’s unless your name is Joe Kinnear of course.
With so much transfer business to get done this summer, with players both coming and going, the earlier a Managing Director is appointed , the better it will be for everyone concerned.
What do you think?