Joe Kinnear's transfer blunders as Newcastle United boss

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Joe Kinnear is back in English football with Newcastle United but Mike Ashley’s decision to apparently give him a say on transfers may not be the best idea.

Joe Kinnear has never done modesty and he’s apparently already made some fairly big and rash statements over what he can do for Newcastle United as their brand new director of Football.

He oversaw four transfers during his time as manager of the club between 2008 and 2009, with two of those deals highly questionable.

Shay Given is one of the players he allowed to leave the club with the goalkeeper moving to Manchester City in a £6 million deal.

That could be considered good value but Given was rated as the arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League during his Newcastle days questioning the logic behind letting him leave.

He also commissioned the departure of Charles N’Zogbia who went to Wigan before earning himself a move to Aston Villa where he’s become a primary winger for the side and a key player in their midfield.

His goalscoring record for Newcastle was poor with just nine goals in 118 appearances but he left the club as a 23-year-old, suggesting Kinnear was not prepared to give him the chance to improve his consistency.

“I will have the final say on transfers. My job will be to find players that will improve the club,” Kinnear said on his return to the club.

He did draft in Kevin Nolan, who subsequently moved on, and Ryan Taylor, still at the club, during his time as manager but it remains a huge gamble for Ashley to put transfer dealings in his hands.

It also creates the possibility of huge friction between the club’s current boss Alan Pardew who will have his own targets heading into the summer.

The fact he’s just been undermined in terms of the transfers he has control over as manager, may create huge resentment from him towards Kinnear and the management at Newcastle which increases the likelihood that he could walk away.

Newcastle have created a situation for himself where Kinnear can push the players he wants the club to sign onto the manager because he’s been given that authority.

His aggressive and in your face nature is not something which will sit too nicely with Pardew and if he’s straight up refused access to a player he wants to sign, a player he wants to use to improve Newcastle then the club isn’t in a very sustainable situation.

There is a line that all parties are dancing around at the moment and this out of the blue appointment from Mike Ashley is something which could cause that line to be crossed.

Is it a risk for Kinnear to have control of transfers at Newcastle ?

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