What Is The Panic On Transfers When Our Director Of Football Can Call Any Manager In The World And Do A Deal?
Like everyone else, I have been reading the transcripts of utter nonsense that Joe Kinnear has spouted since re-joining our club and just chortled. But it has just hit me that he is back at our club on a permanent basis.
What the Donald Duck have we done to deserve this and why does Ashley think this is the right decision to make?! It is the single most stupid decision Ashley has made since he appointed a certain Joe Kinnear as Manager in September of 2008.
Of course we all remember his claims that he was about to make a return in the summer of 2009 ready for our Championship season. I can remember laughing, thinking surely not…nah can’t happen. Well it didn’t thank god but now it seems he has managed to get himself a role at the club which is more powerful than that of the manager. Naturally Kinnear himself denies that this is the case, but the club have not, and that silence speaks volumes.
What prompted me to do this article was the sale of James Perch. Obviously there are plenty conspiracy theories flying about, with Kinnear orchestrating the deal, being the central rumour.
Now I do think that Pards should have the final say with transfers, that’s just the way I think it should be. However, what does annoy me is the stupidity of the deal, simply because it has been completed before any right back cover for Debuchy has been signed.
I’m not saying Perch was the greatest of right backs but he was certainly first reserve after Simpson went off to the big smoke (wages). Yes, I am aware that Santon can play there with Haidara left back….okay, so in that case we need another full back in. Surely we haven’t made another mistake like we did with Demba Ba?
Where transfers are concerned, surely it’s sound common sense to sign your targets then sell the excess baggage…not rocket science, but it makes sense. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have sold Perch but for that sort of price I don’t think that the club would’ve received lower bids once our targets (if we have any) had been captured.
Apart from the recruitment angle, the appointment of JFK from a PR point of view is also disastrous. Why would anyone in their right mind appoint a man who clearly can’t be trusted with the media, as a mouthpiece for one of the biggest clubs in the country? His foul mouthed tirade against the press in 2008 was greeted with disgust and really did damage the club’s image. Then on his return he manages to isolate himself once again by continually lying about achievements, getting players’ names wrong and generally talking rubbish.
So the long and short of it is, he’ll no doubt be a lot cheaper than Derek Llambias was but do we want cheaper, or do we want someone who is financially clued up and who knows his business?
I know who I’d pick and it isn’t JFK. I suppose the only thing for us to do is to just suck it up and see what happens in the coming months…safe in the knowledge that JFK can call any manager in the world and get some deals done.
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