Newcastle’s newly appointed director of football, Joe Kinnear, has wasted little time in yet again speaking to the media with regards to his appointment and yet again he has caused a stir as a direct result of his claims to the Shields Gazette. Joe Kinnear began the interview by explaining just why Newcastle United had approached him to become director of football at St James’ Park, insisting that is was Mike Ashley’s desire to keep up with the rest of the Premier League whom Joe Kinnear claimed, “all have a director of football.” This however is simply not true.
Kinnear went on to yet again publicize his achievements within the game, “I’ve been a manager for 35 years. I’ve been manager of the year. I’ve won every award there is in football as a player. I think all those qualities put me head and shoulders above every other director of football.” Joe Kinnear again presenting misinformation with his managerial career proper only beginning in 1984 not 1978 as he suggested. Kinnear also failed to recognize the worryingly little experience he has as a director of football with Tottenham Hotspur’s Franco Baldini and Chelsea’s Michael Emenalo both possessing wide experience of the role which Kinnear simply does not have.
With the work Newcastle United tend to favour within the transfer market in recent years, Joe Kinnear will quickly have to adapt to deal with foreign clubs and despite his claims that he could “open the door to any football manager,” I somehow doubt that too many of Europe’s clubs will have heard of Joe Kinnear and tolerate his recently displayed attitude since his arrival at Newcastle United a fortnight or so ago.
Joe Kinnear in his interview with the Shields Gazette was adamant his experience as a manager would be enough for him to slot seamlessly into the role of director of football with the sixty six year old believing the majority of the skills to be transferrable, “Some directors of football have never played the game. I’m lending my experience as a manager for all those years.” Kinnear then went on to say how he had spent almost two years at Newcastle United in the position of manager when in reality it was only six months, before stating, “I would still be there had it [his heart attack in 2009] not occurred.”
These are again claims that aren’t likely to sit well with current manager Alan Pardew with the relationship between the pair rumoured to have gotten off to poor start following the cancellation of a pre-agreed deal for FC Twente defender Douglas ordered by Kinnear which was reportedly due to the fact he had never heard of the Brazilian.
Joe Kinnear began his first ‘official’ day of work as Newcastle United director of football yesterday and according to ‘The Guardian’ Joe Kinnear’s first official order of business will be to rubber stamp James Perch’s move to newly relegated Wigan Athletic as the former Wimbledon boss looks to reshuffle Alan Pardew’s squad.
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