Joe Kinnear has re-joined Newcastle United under the guise of “Director of Football.” Due to the absurdity of the appointment, I could finish the blog here and leave you to chew on that information for the entirety of your Monday. It is a very bizarre development at Newcastle, as Mike Ashley continues to run the club at his whim, flitting from one scheme to the other.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Kinnear said:
“The deal is absolutely done. I signed the deal with owner Mike Ashley on Sunday. I intend to meet Alan Pardew this week.”
“I’m a very good judge of player and a good tactician. Anything to do with football, I’ve been involved in. I intend to make Newcastle far better than they are now. I see a good player and know a good player. I have no other agenda. If I see players at the club right now and don’t think they are good enough I intend to move them on.”
“I’m not picking the team. I’m there solely to make sure he gets the best possible team on the pitch.”
Any bloke who has the job of “Director of Football” essentially picks the team. If what Kinnear says is true, then he will control who Alan Pardew buys and who he sells. For any manager in the world, it is not nice to see a man come in to control player purchasing. The move will undermine Pardew’s role at Newcastle and has the potential to create a degree of uncertainty amongst the players. Will Kinnear-signed players feel as if they have the full backing of their manager, Pardew, when it isn’t him who is identifying what players he wants?
It is said that Newcastle have told Alan Pardew a top ten finish is expected next season and this appointment only makes it more difficult.
Elsewhere in the world, the Confederations Cup has kicked off, with Brazil beating Japan 3-0 on Saturday and as I write this, Italy are being held 1-1 by Mexico. It is nice to see football back on our screens and another good opportunity to watch Brazil.
Rather than Brazil play their matches all over the world like the Harlem Globetrotters, I think it is so important for the Selecao to play every match they can in Brazil rather than at Pride Park in Derby, or at the Emirates Stadium in London. It’s not impossible to think that Brazil have played more matches in Dubai than they have in Brazil over the past five years. Watching Brazil play the other night it felt as if the home support needed this chance to reconnect with their own players.
As a team, there is a lot of improving for Brazil to undergo before World Cup 2014. In the final third Brazil have a rich plethora of attacking players but as a team they are not cohesive enough to beat the better teams. They can certainly get to that level, as they’re a young team now and need time to adapt to each other, but they are a long way from the finished article, which is a very exciting prospect indeed.
Right-o, I’m done for the morning. See you tomorrow!