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Joe Kinnear A Failure? Depends On What Job Ashley Gave Him To Do

7 years ago
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As a kid there was a programme on TV in the 70s that I absolutely loved, it was called Ellery Queen.

The programme was a ‘whodunnit’ where viewers were given clues throughout and had to try and guess the thief/murderer/whoever, at the end of the programme it was then explained who did the dirty deed and how.

I feel a bit like that now with Newcastle United in relation to the transfer window.

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With yesterday’s statement by Mike Ashley, sorry…Alan Pardew, it means you can go back in time and put a few more pieces into the jigsaw, making the picture a whole lot clearer.

‘We are delighted to have brought Loïc Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cissé.

Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player. However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward. 

We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players.

With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.’

Apart from the mention of Remy, the only thing of note for me in the statement is the part about doing all (with the exception of Remy) of ‘our business in the January window’.

This is confirmation of what many of us already expected but Ashley/Pardew’s statement simply reaffirms that.

While most of us think that the January signings were the ones Newcastle should have made last summer, as we feared Ashley sees them as this summer’s that were brought forward early to counter relegation fears.

So once you insert this jigsaw piece/clue, you then think; ‘so if there was never any intention of serious transfer activity, why was Joe Kinnear brought in’? Especially when JFK was adamant that his specific role was to bring in players to ‘help’ Alan.

I don’t think you should be labelled a ‘conspiracy theorist’ for then coming to another logical conclusion.

When Joe Kinnear announced to the world that he was returning to Newcastle, Derek Llambias was waiting for his plane to take off to the States on holiday. He didn’t even wait to come back and clear his desk before making his own announcement from his USA holiday base, via his mate David Craig at Ascot Races on Sky Sports.  Llambias making clear what he thought of Kinnear’s arrival by not doing his departure through an official club statement.

First bonus for Joe from Mike?

Many pundits have then zeroed in on a comment Alan Pardew made after the end of last season when talking about what had gone wrong, the manager saying both he and the owner had to share some of the blame. Oh dear.

That comment may have been the deciding factor but I also think when Ashley conducted the much publicised post-mortem on last season with Pardew, Llambias and Carr, I have little doubt that the owner was told that the January signings had been a help BUT more were needed this summer to ensure no more relegation fears.

Not what Mike wanted to hear from the people he’d entrusted his money to.

The fact that Mike Ashley has not replaced Derek Llambias rubberstamps that part of JFK’s role was to sicken him enough to walk, the decision by Ashley to not even have a token part-time Chief Executive/figurehead a damning indictment on just how close to the bone he was taking the ‘running’ of our football club.

Whether Graham Carr was also on Kinnear’s hitlist is maybe a toss of the coin, certainly he’ll have been apportioned some of the blame for January’s bargain signings only taking the club so far out of the relegation mire. With no intention to buy players then at least temporarily it must have been made clear to Carr that his role was redundant, especially now we had a Director of Football who possessed the number for every manager in the world.

Credit to Alan Pardew because no matter what Kinnear and Ashley are throwing at him, he is clinging on for dear life. It has even been suggested to me that journalists have been asked to be supportive by Pardew because if he goes they won’t like his replacement…

Pardew went underground for a month or so when JFK arrived, he knew what the game was. Not one word uttered, not even a basic ‘I’d like to welcome Joe blah blah blah’.

As well as Kinnear now sitting on his shoulder and telling the world just how low down Pardew now is in the pecking order, extra move after move is taken to undermine Alan Pardew.

That statement released yesterday and repeated parrot fashion by journalists and pundits across the UK and beyond….it may say Alan Pardew at the bottom but we all surely know whose name is all over it.

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