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Newcastle Fans Help Mick Harford To Decide Millwall Is Better Bet

8 years ago

Well, we had another lively story to spice up our weekend, Joe Kinnear signing up his old mucka to be some kind of ‘assistant’ to him at Newcastle with alleged scouting duties…

Only trouble is that while X newspapers reported the deal as done, in fact today the man from Sunderland, he say NO!

This is what Harford had to say to Sky Sports earlier;

“I have declined an offer to be Joe Kinnear’s assistant. After meeting with Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnnear, I made the decision that it’s not the right time for me to take up this role.

It was an honour to be asked to work at a fantastic club and I have the utmost respect for the club and its fans.

I am currently enjoying a role helping out at Millwall but would like to thank Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear for the opportunity.”

Along with many others, writers on this website expressed dismay over the weekend at this ‘appointment’ for all sorts of reasons, mainly a lack of experience at Premier League level off the pitch, plus the perception that this role could further undermine the likes of Alan Pardew and Graham Carr.

I actually know a few people who have met Harford and they all say he comes over as an OK bloke, what I also think is that he isn’t any mug.

I think the weekend’s story smacks of letting the press put forward that the deal was done and then seeing what the reaction would be of fans and media.

With an overwhelmingly negative reaction, no doubt Mick Harford has also got on the ‘blower’ to friends and family in the north east to gauge which way the wind is blowing.

On this basis, it would be no surprise to see Harford saying thanks but no thanks. Shame his mentor JFK is slightly thicker skinned when it comes to the reaction he produced on his appointment.

No disrespect to the South London club but if say you substitute Newcastle with Spurs then can you imagine Harford saying thanks but no thanks? Me neither.


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