After the shock announcement of the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football in the past few days, and initial set of ill-judged comments coming from Kinnear’s mouth, one would have thought that he would have learnt the error of ways and keep his mouth firmly shut. However, the man seems to be deluded and not able to realise that he won’t win over anyone, especially the Newcastle faithful by continuing to mouth off, especially against the likes of Alan Shearer. The unfortunate thing for Newcastle Football Club is that I am betting Joe Kinnear will continue and be distracted in his duty of adding value to the club.
In the latest installment of interviews, this time with the Sunday Times, the Director of Football is now insisting that he will be the one answerable to the Newcastle board and Mike Ashley. In other words, Alan Pardew will not be under any pressure and criticism if the team under-performs. But considering, by Joe Kinnear’s own admission, that Pardew will be heading into him, it would suggest that he would then be in the perfect position to exert pressure on Pardew to generate the right results and performances. And although Joe has gone on record as saying he does not want the Manager’s job, one can have no doubt the Director of Football is in the perfect position to get rid of Alan Pardew if the situation warranted it.
In this interview with the Sunday Times, Joe also went on further to increase the tension and war of words between him and Alan Shearer. The devoted ex-player has been very vocal in saying what everyone thinks about Kinnear’s appointment and the disrespect paid to the manager Alan Pardew. For some strange reason Joe is hell bent in trying to win the argument that he is would have been the best manager for Newcastle, if it was not for his need for a triple heart by-pass operation.
In truth, it probably saved him from disgrace, as it allowed the ex Wimbledon manager an easy way out. His record at the club at the time was nothing short of disgraceful, with just four wins in nineteen league games. With insiders saying that he left the club in shambles with regards to managing the squad and morale.
What will be interesting now is how Alan Pardew and Alan Shearer deal with Kinnear’s inability to keep his mouth shut. It must be that for the good of the club and supporters that Shearer ignores the petty comments and takes up a dignified silence like Alan Pardew. But there is no doubt that it does look like worrying times are definitely ahead for Newcastle United.