‘Yes man’ philosophy still raging at Newcastle United


There’s a healthy amount of incredulity around this afternoon, after Newcastle United announced the appointment of Joe Kinnear as their Director Of Football.

But nobody should be surprised, this is a move in keeping with the club’s hiring policy – Kinnear is a friend of the ownership, will be eternally grateful for the opportunity, and will create no kind of opposition to whatever direction Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias decide to take the club in.

Just like Alan Pardew.

What the occupation of Director Of Football actually entails is a rather fluid concept, as it seems to vary from club-to-club, but Kinnear has already confirmed via Sky Sports News that he will be in charge of the club’s transfer policy going forward.

That’s an amazing decision from Newcastle, because in the pursuit of top European talent, surely the club could have appointed someone who gave them more gravitas than a relic from the Premier League’s formative years. It’s astonishing.

One thought: if Kinnear had a use in this division as a Director of Football, and if he was capable of providing the kind of progression the impending Newcastle rhetoric will inevitably claim him to be, why has nobody other than Mike Ashley tried to employ him in the Premier League for nearly fifteen years?

Ashley has appointed a drinking-buddy, nothing more. He’s a puppet, a buffer between ownership and manager who can be easily manipulated as and when necessary.

This isn’t just a backwards step, it’s a quantum leap into the Stoneage.

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3 Comments on "‘Yes man’ philosophy still raging at Newcastle United"

  1. Philtheiron | Jun 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm |

    Very strange choice indeed! I know the man left last time due to ill health but his record was less than outstanding! and as it has already been stated, he is hardly going to attract the bug star names! Can’t wait to hear what pardew is going to say about it!

  2. tbpierrot | Jun 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

    Can’t believe the club would do something like this… springing it on the fans without even attempting to gauge the reaction is unsurprising but utterly depressing, just when I thought we might have begun to move in a positive direction. I have defended Ashley in the past but this is the final straw. If he thinks ‘giving’ us back our stadium’s name without the hideous advertising will balance out this joke of a hierarchy he is trying to create, he is badly mistaken. Unless he directly takes Llambias’ role in the transfer market, as a link and filter between Pardew and Carr and Ashley, then this will presumably scupper our chances of ever snapping up top talents before richer clubs come in.

    This is utter madness. Rather than employing a series of directors, would it be so hard for Ashley to spend all their wages on 1 top manager and let him work directly with Carr to decide on targets who Ashley can fund himself. I understand the lack of trust in Pardew after he has so publicly chased Carroll and Bent as replacements for Ba when players like Bony, Hooper and Altidore would be well within our budget, but surely the answer is to sign a manager with vision and tactical competence, and let him dictate his needs to Carr.

    Nothing but confusion right now.

  3. mick baker | Jun 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm |

    unbelievable and ridiculous…but why am i not suprised…the circus continues …the Prdmier Leagues laughing stock again !!!!

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