It appears that the Joe Kinnear reign as Newcastle United director of football has already suffered its first victim - and the man in question does not even play for the club.
I also understand that Derek Llambias, or Lambeze as Kinnear referred to him, is probably the first victim but I refer to playing personnel.
The player in question is Douglas Teixeira.
It was reported by the national press that Kinnear ‘had never heard’ of the FC Twente defender despite many knowing of the Brazilian born Dutchman’s obvious talents as a dynamic central defender.
Of course the reports from the national press with regards Kinnear should be taking with a pinch of salt. The two have not seen eye to eye for a while so any chance they get to paint Kinnear as the big bad wolf will most probably be followed up with aplomb; so bear that in mind.
But all this toing and froing over a player we have no doubt Kinnear thought was called ‘Dougal’ is good news for other Premier League clubs - especially Liverpool.
The 25-year-old is now set to become a free agent in ten days, and with no agreement now in place with The Magpies, Douglas is free to talk to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers this summer.
He has been linked with Liverpool before and now with Jamie Carragher’s retirement the Anfield club are in desperate supply of a talented central defender to fill the void.
Douglas certainly has that ability.
When he has his discipline under control he is a technical and fast defender capable of fitting in to the Liverpool system with ease; and in doing so leaving Newcastle United with egg on their face.
The Toon certainly need central defensive cover. While Fabricio Coloccini looks set to stay the form of Mapou Yanga M’Biwa after his arrival was worrying while Steven Taylor is one of those ultra-committed but averagely talented central defenders that while popular; are not world beaters.
Meanwhile Mike Williamson is set to leave.
So deciding to pull the plug on this deal is the first alarm bell to be rung by the new Kinnear regime; and Liverpool might just hear its call.
Do you think Douglas is good enough for Liverpool?
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