Alan Pardew has finally spoken out to ease the fears of any Newcastle United fans that he could be undermined by the presence of Joe Kinnear at the club.
When Mike Ashley appointed Kinnear, there were widespread fears that he could undermine Pardew in a big way in terms of transfers and the basic running of the team.
However, the Newcastle boss has suggested that the Director of Football is little more than a go between for himself and the owner, meaning he retains all the power as far as the important football matters are concerned.
“I’m my own man and I will manage this football club to the best of my ability - we probably have a list of four that myself and Graham (Carr; Chief Scout) think will take the team forward, we present that to Joe, and he presents it to the owner,” said the Newcastle manager.
Those comments suggest that Kinnear won’t actually have any influence over the names that appear on that list when it comes to possible transfer targets and that his only job is persuading the owner to commission the transfer deals.
It’s interesting because Kinnear’s comments when he was first appointed to the role of Director of Football suggest that he sees it slightly differently, making it clear he feels he has the ‘final say’ on transfer dealings.
“I will have the final say on transfers. My job will be to find players that will improve the club,” said Kinnear on his appointment.
The wires are crossed somewhere and that’s only going to create friction, which will go through the roof if Kinnear sabotages any names that Carr and Pardew come up with or if he tries to put Mike Ashley off of any players appearing on that list.
Pardew is the current manager of the club and he is quite within his rights to suggest, and demand, that he has full influence over matters that relate to the team that effectively controls his job.
The method is quite simple; the manager creates the list, Kinnear argues for a certain player on that list and the owner commissions the deal.
As long as that blueprint is stuck to over the coming season and throughout each individual’s time at Newcastle United, there won’t be a problem.
If Kinnear can resist the temptation to start coming up with his own personal targets for the club and avoid meddling in tactics and anything else related to the infrastructure at St James Park then everyone can stay happy and look forward to the new season.
What do you make of Pardew’s comments? Do you see trouble ahead?
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