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Could the real reason Newcastle re-hired Joe Kinnear be...?

Is the bizarre action of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley be that he wants to help Kinnear dig himself out of a hole?

Mike Ashley's decision to hire Joe Kinnear again at Newcastle, this time to oversee transfers, gave the media a piece of news that had it occurred on April 1st then it would have made perfect sense.

But perhaps there is some clear logic to it after all.

The dots can be joined when the following five words are uttered: Alan Pardew's eight-year-contract.

The only reason surely for Newcastle re-hiring the footballing dinosaur that is Joe Kinnear, would appear an attempt to sabotage and undermine manager Alan Pardew.

After Pardew had just one positive season at Newcastle, owner Mike Ashley made the bold and perhaps reckless step to offer the manager an eight-year contract which is quite unprecedented in modern football.

Predictably the following season was instantly disastrous, with the Toon dragged right into a relegation dogfight, finishing in a wretched 16th place in the Premier League.

Whisperings were that Newcastle wanted to get rid of the manager, certainly a substantial section of the frustrated support would not be averse to such a move.

Yet his contract makes that difficult, with no word on a get out clause, if Ashley was to sack his manager, he would have to pay a substantial amount of compensation - to the effect of the seven remaining years of his contract.

But if Pardew walks.... then he won't owe a penny.

So hiring Joe Kinnear to 'step on his toes' and oversee transfers will clearly antagonise the manager, with the Pardew officially no longer having final say over players coming in (did he ever?).

Kinnear's brash personality shows he is not afraid of controversy, and making enemies, and already he has indicated he is as fiery as ever.

Ashley will be spending money on a salary for Kinnear, but that may dwarf the potential savings in compensation he could save if Pardew walks.

Perhaps, this theory may just be the only thing that makes sense at Newcastle at present.

image: © mikebrown59

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