Premier League — 17 June 2013

Joe kinnear has been appointed as Newcastle director of footballPremier League Newcastle United have appointed former-boss Joe Kinnear as their director of football in a move that has left Magpies fans bemused.

The veteran has signed a three-year deal with the club and has taken up the role with immediate effect.


Kinnear told Sky Sports that he would have final say on any transfers, which is very strange for an English club. Most English clubs allow the manager, in this case Alan Pardew to have final say on who comes into the club.


The fact Kinnear has been appointed seems to completely undermine the authority of Magpies boss Alan Pardew. Pardew come under-fire last season as the Geordies finished 16th in the Premier League, just five points clear of the drop zone.

The move to appoint Kinnear as director of football and put him in charge of transfers must put Pardew’s future in doubt. The Newcastle still has seven years to run on his Newcastle contract, but his future as Newcastle boss is now under threat.


Kinnear’s main task of bringing players in is a strange one, considering that Newcastle have had such a successful time of recruiting players in recent years. Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr has been lauded for bringing in the likes of Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote.

Kinnear says he wants to work with Carr and Pardew to get the best possible players into the club, but if he has final say on transfers, it really is not going to work out.


From the comments I have read on various forums and websites, Newcastle fans are very sceptical about the appointment. They seem to think that the appointment is just a waste of money and I really have to agree with them. Joe Kinnear’s appointment is very much a pointless one.

Why have Newcastle appointed Joe Kinnear?


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