Monday 23 April 2018

Pardew is 'delighted' to have me at Toon – Kinnear

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

Luke Edwards

Joe Kinnear has claimed that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is "delighted" to have him back at the club as director of football and is relieved to finally be able to work with a proper "football guy".

Pardew has yet to make any sort of public comment on Kinnear's appointment and Newcastle have failed to confirm officially his new role, but the 66-year-old has wasted no time in making his presence felt.

Pardew has not spoken publicly since Kinnear revealed he had signed a three-year contract on Sunday, but it is understood he is set to meet his new boss for the first time later this week.

Pardew has been reduced to little more than first-team coach because of Kinnear's control of recruitment and football development. That perception has been reinforced by Kinnear's declaration that only he, not the manager nor managing director Derek Llambias, will report to owner Mike Ashley on footballing matters.

"Before I had a meeting with Mike, Derek 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,'" Kinnear said. "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. 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. I am not the type of guy who causes problems for the sake of it. I want the best for all of us." Kinnear, though, has yet to discuss anything to do with Newcastle's future with Pardew and it remains to be seen how willing they are to work together.

Kinnear, who will report everything directly back to Ashley in regular briefings, will base himself at the club's training ground and is also expected to travel with the first-team squad on match days.

Pardew, who has seven years remaining on the contract he signed in September last year, may feel this is unacceptable, but there does not seem to be much he can do about it unless he decides to quit. Kinnear has promised not to interfere in team selection, but will offer tactical advice and is not afraid to boast about his influence in the game, even though he has, other than for his brief spell as Newcastle manager in 2008-09, spent the best part of nine years out of the game.

"I'm in a role where I'm the only one who's going to report to Mike Ashley," Kinnear said. "I think I can sit down and give my business plan to Mike and say this is what it's going to cost, and these are the players we need, after consulting Alan Pardew and sitting down with Graham Carr (chief scout).

"Alan Pardew can't turn round and talk to anybody else – he can't talk to Derek Llambias about players. Derek's honest enough to say, 'Look, I'm a financial guy, and I don't know who the players are'.

"What I'm saying is that I've got my finger in the pie halfway around the world. There's no one I can't pick the phone up to and introduce myself to and talk to them about football or any situation.

"I intend to get the best possible team for the Newcastle fans. Once we see something that we think is in our budget, we will go for them. On the other side, if we see things that we believe are not for Newcastle, and not good enough for Newcastle, then I will shift them. It is as simple as that."

Kinnear has not yet spoken to any of Newcastle's players but he has already boldly promised that Yohan Cabaye will remain at the club. The midfielder is keen to quit this summer with Monaco already expressing their interest, but Kinnear is adamant that the player is going nowhere.

"He will stay," Kinnear said. "We've got him under contract – and we want to keep all of our top players here." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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