Five reasons not to trust Kinnear - Newcastle United director of football's worst signings

Solbakken And Solskjaer

We take a look at some of the more questionable transfers of Joe Kinnear's managerial career.

Joe Kinnear has been appointed the new director of football at Newcastle United amid much surprise and after he spoke about Yohan ‘Kebab’, Hatem Ben ‘Arfi’ and Shola ‘Amamobi’ on talkSPORT yesterday many fear it will be Charles ‘Insomnia’ all over again.

But considering he is now in charge of transfers should Newcastle fans be worried?

Here are the five worst signings of Kinnear’s career…

Adam Nowland - West Ham to Nottingham Forest (£250,000)

One of the players to fall through the cracks of the Wimbledon financial implosion Nowland went with Nigel Reo-Coker to West Ham United but just months later was snapped up by Kinnear.

He made just five appearances for the club without scoring a goal and was released at the end of the season.

Now the 31-year-old is player-coach of USA amateur side Washington Crossfire.

John Hartson - West Ham to Wimbledon (£7.5 million)

This deal is perhaps more of a flop due to the fee paid. That type of money in 1999 for a team like The Dons was an incredible investment but he spent most of his time at the club injured before being flogged to Coventry City at a £2.5 million loss in 2001.

Kevin James - Gillingham to Nottingham Forest (Free)

“I’ve always liked what I have seen of Kevin. He knows it is very much up to him to show that he is worth a first team place.”

However James did not prove that. He spent most of his time at the club out on-loan featuring in just seven games for the club.

Now a stalwart at Dulwich Hamlet.

Robbie Winters - Aberdeen to Luton Town (Free)

Kinnear fought hard to convince the Scot to join Luton in 2002 but after just one half of football the Tartan Army international fled for Norway and signed for Brann.

He was recently released by Scottish third division outfit Peterhead.

Stale Solbakken - Lillestrom to Wimbledon (£250,000)

The most infamous of all his transfer failings as on paper this looked a great deal for the Norwegian international.

But the pair fell out and Solbakken played just six times for The Dons before joining Aalborg BK after less than a year at Selhurst Park.

He went on to have a successful career in Denmark before retiring due to a heart attack in 2001.

Since then he has become a successful manager himself; but don’t say that to Wolves fans.

Do you think more of the same is to follow at Newcastle United?

image: © Stig Ove Voll

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