Having heard the news of Joe Kinnear’s apparently imminent return to the club yesterday, I chose to largely ignore it as one of those rumours that gains more ground than it should at this time of year, due to the lack of news and the requirement to fill sports pages.
Imagine my surprise then when the next thing I hear is Joe Kinnear claiming to have signed a contract as Director of Football and that he will also be in charge of player recruitment. His first task will likely be dealing with transfer requests from outgoing players, once our French contingent watches a few videos of his previous ideas of who can play football and how to play the game.
My first reaction to the news then was why on earth is he needed, what can he possibly bring to the club? (well actually it was a few choice expletives directed at the T.V).
Newcastle United have come a long way since Joe Kinnear was last here. Most of it could be classed as progress both on and off the pitch, even Ashley seemed to be going through rehabilitation and gaining some acceptance. So why go back to a man associated with a time when Ashley was a hate figure and the club was lurching from one disaster to another?
Not least our new Director of Football’s foul mouthed tirade at the press, swearing no less than 52 times. A ratio you would struggle to find in a drunken bar rant, never mind a press conference to introduce yourself as the manager of a high profile football club in one of the world’s most high profile leagues.
Aside from the decision to bring Kinnear back to St James Park, which seems ludicrous at best. What has compounded the issue for me is yet again a complete lack of silence from those in charge. So Far we have had only Kinnear’s usual rambling statements as confirmation. During which he has already managed to annoy a large section of supporters judging by the online reaction, and nothing to confirm or deny what would be a major appointment by the club and a major factor in the future direction it is taking.
So far there has only been the usual silence, the official website for some reason seeming to think people want to remember last season; running with a couple of review articles and a chance to win one of 5 copies of the season review DVD – definitely an item for the completist.
Instead of the news of the club’s first major bit of pre-season activity, the painting of the Gallowgate roof is also coming along nicely for those who are awaiting those highly anticipated updates.
So far Newcastle have given piecemeal details of the pre-season fixtures, similarly relying on the other party involved to release details, and apparently in St Mirren’s case hoping we turn up with some sort of team.
I can understand this stance when it comes to transfers but it is infuriating for us not to know what is going on with the team and who they will be playing, but it is not a bad policy to keep things quiet and just get your man.
It is however, no way to run a club in all areas, although I accept no club would consult or listen to the fans over this kind of appointment. They should at least have the decency to release a statement that an appointment has been made and outline the general reasoning behind it. There is a chance the club could come out and claim this has not happened and Kinnear is speaking out of turn. It does look though that once again supporters have been treated with utter contempt by Ashley.
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