Friday 20 April 2018

Pardew: I call the shots in Toon transfer deals

Manager claims seniority over Kinnear

Alan Pardew has claimed seniority over Kinnear
Alan Pardew has claimed seniority over Kinnear

Martin Hardy

Alan Pardew has claimed for the first time that he will have seniority over Newcastle's new director of football Joe Kinnear in the transfer market.

Pardew, in his first detailed interview since the controversial appointment of Kinnear, threw the complicated management structure that owner Mike Ashley has put into place into further jeopardy.

Kinnear has gone on record to say he will cast his eye over Newcastle signings, will propose potential signings and will "interfere with training".

Pardew, however, spoke about how it would be himself and the club's chief scout Graham Carr – who was ready to leave after a move for the Dutch defender Douglas was blocked – who would determine the players Newcastle signed.

"I'm my own man and I will manage this football club to the best of my ability," Pardew said.

"Graham comes up with one or two suggestions, I come up with the same, we probably have a list of four that myself and Graham think will take the team forward, we present that to Joe, and he then presents it to the owner.

"Joe has to dress that up for the chairman in terms of the finance, in terms of how it will work and then Lee Charnley (the club's secretary) comes in and hopefully we get the player over the line.

"Mike feels Joe probably knows the scene better than Derek Llambias (the managing director who resigned after Kinnear's appointment). That might be Mike's opinion, but as far as I'm concerned the most important factor for Joe is transfers.

"You could say Joe isn't fulfilling the role that Derek had to a degree, but Lee will fill the other part of that role – he's got great experience.


"Between myself, Lee and Joe we hope to get some transfers over the line, and some out (of the club) by the way, because the squad is probably a little thick in some areas."

Pardew added that Kinnear, who pronounced players' names wrongly during an interview, needed to show the squad more respect.

"Some of the things Joe said, he's apologised for, especially getting the names wrong of our players," said Pardew.

"That needs to be corrected, because there's a certain respect needed there."

Pardew is expecting Kinnear to deliver him a top striker for the new season.

"We need to threaten the goal more and of course we need a striker, another top striker, in this place because we did not threaten the goal enough and, if you don't threaten the goal enough, you are always liable then for the opposition to dictate to you."

The Magpies have already seen targets Pierre Emerick Aubameyang head for Borussia Dortmund and Arouna Kone follow Roberto Martinez to Everton, while Wilfried Bony seems destined for Swansea, although their interest in Aston Villa's Darren Bent is ongoing.

Kinnear's return to Tyneside prompted a furious reaction from large sections of the club's supporters, with many commentators convinced Pardew has been fatally undermined.

However, he insisted: "The most important thing for me is that I have a seven-year contract to manage this football team.

"I have not said anything but trust me, anyone who knows me will tell you that in my career, I have not let anyone step on my toes. I will be my own man because ultimately, I carry the responsibility of the team. (©Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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