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If You Aren’t Worried Yet, Just Remember That Newcastle United’s Season Rests On One Man – Joe Kinnear

8 years ago
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I get the feeling that it isn’t just Mike Ashley who is sleepwalking into this new season, there appears to be still a decent number of Newcastle fans who are oblivious to the consequences of what has happened so far this summer.

There is no way Derek Llambias had an inkling of what Ashley was going to drop on him from a great height in June, nor clearly did Alan Pardew.

Llambias seemed to be getting a bit more comfortable in his position and a belief that the January signings were going to help Newcastle move on. Off the pitch, Llambias had met a number of fans in private and was instrumental in helping to set up the new fan forums (via Supporter Liaison Officer, Lee Marshall), meetings which our now departed Managing Director was personally going to Chair.

The Kinnear bombshell has put a big hole in all of that; fans forum initiative suspended for the foreseeable, Llambias announcing his departure via SKY’s David Craig at Ascot Races rather than through official/club means, while whatever ‘plan’ Llambias may have had for this summer and the actual season….has clearly been ripped to shreds.

The very fact that the Kinnear thing happened fully a month after the season had ended, tells you everything. Surely any such move should have happened as soon as the season came to an end, if there was any intention for this to be a positive move that would create a better Newcastle United.

Instead we have one man, Joe Kinnear, who our hopes revolve around. Somebody who humiliated both himself and Newcastle United with a number of interviews that were mostly lies.

Whether in denial of his his part in Newcastle’s last relegation, his own playing career, or indeed his managerial one, all Kinnear’s comments were riddled with untruths. The conclusion from most that either he is a very sick (as in ill) man, or a complete tosser. As for insulting the local press and the fans, what [possible good can come of such idiotic behaviour?

At any other club, Kinnear’s comments would have equated to a resignation letter, not at Newcastle though.

At a club where unlike any other, there is no top management team to dilute the impact a Joe Kinnear could have on Newcastle United. Instead we have a character like him in pretty much total control of everything, unless Mike Ashley dictates otherwise.

Alan Pardew and Graham Carr cant’t go direct to Ashley, they have to go through Kinnear.

Alan Pardew made clear before he left for Portugal that any hopes of new signing(s) rested solely on Joe Kinnear.

If Kinnear truly is going to oversee a credible summer transfer policy then surely it is crazy that Kinnear didn’t even bother going up to Motherwell for the first proper match since his arrival, a match which could have helped him gauge which players impressed him and which didn’t….if he was then going to leap into the transfer market.

So a club where the manager has no power whatsoever and no senior management to help forge a decent route forward.

Instead a club that has been left at the mercy of one man, Joe Kinnear.

If Newcastle United are to survive this Kinnear era, however long it lasts, we’re relying on you all to keep everything crossed.

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