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Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:02

Never simple at Newcastle

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It has been confirmed that Newcastle has appointed Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, and as part of that restructuring, the Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew will now be working under Kinnear.

It does make one wonder as to who or what makes these decisions and where they get their inspiration. The story will no doubt get even more interesting with Kinnear not knowing how to shut up, and Pardew’s uncanny silence; it is interesting to note that online sports betting operator Paddypower has Kinnear as 3/1 favourite to be the next Newcastle Manager!

Kinnear has managed Newcastle during the 2008/2009 with limited success and had to resign to undergo triple heart bypass surgery. In his term as manager, Joe only got 20 points from 19 League games, winning just four. Not necessarily a glowing recommendation, on the other hand he did blurt out that he would have been able to save Newcastle if he had stayed and in so doing criticised Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer. Just one of Joe’s many gags, which could be solved if his mouth could be kept closed.

Even the announcement of his role by himself to to the press, instead of waiting for his employers, Newcastle Football Club to make the statement; emphasizes his lack of control and etiquette. Is this really the guy who will be sourcing players and negotiating deals on behalf of the club? In addition, it would have been better to actually speak to Alan Pardew before the news came out, as matter of professional courtesy and to make sure the relationship started off on the right foot. I suppose we are seeing Joe’s great man management skills again!

This is in addition to the fact that Kinnear has pretty much mispronounced every player he spoke of during one of his first interviews as Director of Football. I have to admit that his first week in the job does not provide any confidence, and Newcastle fans are not impressed either. There are many who think Joe does not have the charisma and/or influence in the game to have the desired impact at the club, and considering he has been out of the game for so long, supporters are right to be concerned.