It is with the genuine regret that I haven’t been able to publish a positive article in recent days. The circus that is Newcastle United continues to make the tabloids for all the wrong reasons and it’s all been a bit doom and gloom for the fans this week.
Since Kinnear has been confirmed as the Club’s Director of Football the press have seemingly had a field day printing various stories about feuds, disharmony and about the negative impact Kinnear’s arrival has had and will have. Perhaps there is an element of truth in some of the horror stories we have found ourselves reading this past week. We certainly don’t need anyone to tell us what kind of man Joe Kinnear is, but every British newspaper has given their two cents anyway and reminded us that this man has been employed for 3 years at our precious Club.
Fans are quite aware that there seemingly isn’t a quiet day on Tyneside at the moment, it’s literally one thing after another. Today’s newspapers are continuing to report of the unrest and turmoil at Newcastle United. The Independent are reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa’s future is in doubt as Kinnear is pondering cashing in on the classy Frenchman. The paper claim the player is happy at the club and even suggested that contract talks were to take place to extend Hatem’s current deal.
The same article mentions the name change of the famous ‘Shearer’s’ bar, which will now simply known as ‘9’. Coincidentally this comes a day after Alan publicly spoke of his concern and delusion of current events at the club he loves. I read Shearer’s column and he spoke truthfully and passionately about current events, it would seem his honesty hasn’t impressed the hierarchy at the club. But there again Mike Ashley has proven time and time again that he doesn’t understand the club and the fans. It’s obvious that our point of view is irrelevant and he’s perfectly content running the club like a business. He is a shrewd businessman and whilst I cant deny that financially he has stabilized the club, I do know that he is very thick skinned and never feels it appropriate to justify even his wildest decisions.
The Mirror are today reporting that Alan Pardew and Graham Carr are at loggerheads and have been for months. They claim that Kinnear has been brought back to the club to play peacemaker and be the voice of reason in what has become some what of a feud between the club’s manager and chief scout. According to the paper Pardew and Carr have fallen out over player recruitment, with Pardew believing that some of Carr’s recommendations are below par and not good enough to represent Newcastle United. The Mirror pinpoint Vernon Anita as a player that the pair have disagreed over, suggesting that Alan doesn’t have much faith in the former Ajax man. It was made quite clear last season that the Dutchman wasn’t always favored by the manager, something that frustrated a few fans who actually liked what they saw of Anita.
Another dispute allegedly is Moussa Sissoko’s best position, the midfielder has been used on the wing and as a secondary striker since he arrived from Toulouse in January. This is something else that has frustrated a lot of Newcastle fans, the misuse of a player of Sissoko’s caliber. Moussa has often been compared to players such as Patrick Viera and Yaya Toure, he is arguably at his best when he plays a little deeper. I think the issue was Sissoko had such a positive impact on the Chelsea game and bagged himself a brace, this probably encouraged Pardew to continually play the Frenchman in a more attacking role as he looked to have a goal in him. It was apparent that it wasn’t really working and yet we persisted with it and has made a really good player look below par at times in my opinion.
I’m really unsure if these rumors are true, the press have a tendency to exaggerate or in fact completely fabricate stories all together. Newcastle are an easy target at the moment, especially following Kinnear’s Talk Sport interview in which he insulted the fans, mispronounced player’s names and gave himself delusional credit for what he achieved in his previous spell at the club….His ‘2 year spell’, which was in fact 6 months. If the report is accurate the club’s manager and chief scout really aren’t seeing eye to eye at all and are backstabbing each other at every given opportunity. If it is right I find it laughable that JFK will act as the voice of reason, he is a serial liar and he’s beyond controversial. I cant see him being the man to call a truce.
Crazy few days guys eh?!