It has been well documented for some time that a defender is on Newcastle’s shopping list this summer. Alan Pardew has been vocal about needing a big center half that is a threat in the oppositions box, someone who can bag a couple of goals from set pieces- something we just can’t seem to do is score from set pieces!
If you believe various social networking sites and several Journalists then a name that was high on the agenda was FC Twente’s Brazilian born defender Douglas. He’s a player that has been linked to Newcastle multiple times in the past couple of years and the reported interest appeared to have continued this summer. With the player being a free agent this summer it has been claimed that Newcastle were to negotiate a contract with Douglas, with whispers even suggesting the deal was as good as done.
There is a strange story coming from The Daily Mirror (I know) claiming that the proposed deal to bring the defender to Tyneside is off because Joe Kinnear hasn’t heard of him. The article also claims that Kinnear’s refusal to authorize the player’s arrival is the reason that Derek Llambias has resigned from the Club. It is believed that Dekka spent months tying up the Douglas deal and with transfer all but done Kinnear forced Llambias to perform a u turn and tell Douglas that the deal was now off.
Douglas who is an owner of a Dutch passport has earned call ups to the Dutch squad and has played in The Champions League during his career, yet allegedly our Director hasn’t ever heard of the player?! I find that simply baffling especially since Kinnear claims to have a great footballing knowledge and is in charge of recruitment. Joe has made it perfectly clear that he is responsible for the comings and goings and it’s basically his way or the highway.
I have never been a fan of Llambias, I have never trusted him. However if this story is true then there is certainly no questioning the man’s integrity. He has worked hard on securing a long term target and to now be told that it isn’t happening without seemingly any conversation must be degrading, humiliating and frustrating. Either way this story is very bizarre and quite frankly a little worrying. But hey we are used to it all by now and I get the feeling that this won’t be the last controversial thing that comes out during Joe’s time back at the club.
The concern has to be where all of this leaves Graham Carr. Graham has done an excellent job at Newcastle and certainly doesn’t need assistance in scouting talent. It is evident that Carr will have to report to Kinnear now and if this story is accurate then it demonstrates that Joe has no issue upsetting those around him and won’t compromise.
I personally wouldn’t blame Graham if he didn’t want to work with Kinnear.
It’s not the fact we have missed out on Douglas, his ability and what he would have brought to the club are quite irrelevant to me right now. The principle of the situation is the concern. Being unaware of a player that Newcastle have been linked with for so long seems strange, I dread to think who Joe will look to bring in during the next couple of months. Let’s not forget that Carlton Cole is currently a free agent!!!!! 😯
Love or hate Derek I can’t say I blame him for his departure given the circumstances and the way he has (reportedly) been undermined, Of course this could all be fabrication from The Mirror, but I wouldn’t be surprised if true….