Kinnear: I have Pardew's blessing

Joe Kinnear has insisted Alan Pardew was delighted to hear of his impending arrival as Newcastle's director of football.

Last Updated: 17/06/13 at 15:11 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Derby County striker Kwame Thomas joins Blackpool on loan

Post comment

Blackpool have signed Derby striker Kwame Thomas on a six-month loan.

Andre Wisdom joins Norwich on loan from Liverpool

Post comment

Norwich City have secured the services of Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom in a season-long loan deal.

All Articles

Joe Kinnear: Insists Pardew is happy wit

Joe Kinnear: Insists Pardew is happy wit

Joe Kinnear has insisted Alan Pardew was delighted to hear of his impending arrival as Newcastle's director of football.

The 66-year-old former Magpies boss revealed on Sunday that he is to return to St James' Park to oversee the club's football operations in a move which many onlookers have interpreted as a worrying omen for current incumbent Pardew.

However, Kinnear claims the 51-year-old's response to the news of owner Mike Ashley's latest controversial decision was more than positive.

He told the Chronicle: "Before I had a meeting with Mike, (managing director) Derek (Llambias) said he's informed Alan, and Alan said 'Great news - I'm delighted with that. At last I've got somebody who's a football guy'.

"Derek told me he's had a long talk with Alan and explained that I'm coming in as director of football. He (Llambias) is going to go on the finance side and anything to do with football is coming my side.

"I am going to be delighted to be working with Alan. I saw Alan as a player - he was a heck of a player - and we bumped into each other a couple of times when he was West Ham manager.

"We always bump into each other at the Manager of the Year awards. Last year, I was at the awards when Alan won it. I said 'Congratulations, but you have to get two more to catch me!'.

"We are very open-minded and good with each other. I have the utmost respect for him and I cannot see any problems between the two of us."

Newcastle are still to formally confirm Kinnear's appointment and Pardew is yet to comment on the decision that came after he held end-of-season discussions with Ashley and Llambias to assess the campaign which had just ended and exactly what had gone wrong.

The Magpies finished in 16th place in the Barclays Premier League 12 months after qualifying for Europe and the talks ended with agreement that things will have to get significantly better.

Pardew emerged with assurances that his job was safe a matter of months into his eight-year contract and confident that he and chief scout Graham Carr would have Ashley's backing to further re-shape the squad this summer.

However, just where Kinnear's arrival will leave the pair remains to be seen with the former Wimbledon manager claiming he will have the final say over transfers.

The Irishman enjoyed a colourful, if brief, spell in charge on Tyneside during the 2008-09 season before a heart problem ended his stay.

Newcastle were relegated at the end of a disastrous campaign, although he seemed unwilling to accept any responsibility for that as he prepared to return.

But the club's fans were mystified as to why Ashley had turned to him once again.

Mark Jensen, editor of fanzine website www.themag.co.uk, said: "The bizarre thing is, like a lot of people, I was amazed and astounded when I heard - and then after thinking about it, I have to admit I'm not really amazed and astounded, which kind of sums up Mike Ashley's time at the club.

"You learn - or you should do by now - that whenever they seem to be heading in the right direction, you have got a bit of faith in what's happening and you think, 'If we could just sign a couple of players...', then they pull something out of the hat to make you think and something that just leaves you speechless.

"It's amazing the number of people visiting our website and commenting and people I have spoken to personally, and everybody seems to be pretty much like me - on the one hand, they are quite angry at something that's derailed our season already and on the other just laughing.

"There's a lot of gallows humour. We've seen it all this before and you can only laugh about it."

Meanwhile, the Magpies have announced they will face Portuguese side Braga in a pre-season friendly at St James' Park on Saturday, August 10.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company