The director of football at Newcastle United, Joe Kinnear has resigned from his role at the club after he didn’t recruit a single player in the January Transfer Window, which has now been closed for 4 days. The Irishman had been at the club for around seven months before he left. For the entire time that he was there, he failed to spend a single penny on a player as only 2 players came in only on loan. The two players which were captured by Newcastle on loan were strikers Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy, from Borussia Monchengladbach and QPR respectively.
One of his final actions as the director of football at the Geordie club was selling Newcastle’s highest scoring midfielder, Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a reported £19million. And who did Joe Kinnear buy in order to replace the Frenchman? Nobody. This made the manager Alan Pardew very unhappy as he openly revealed after the transfer window that he thought it was the wrong decision and that many more players should have been purchased. Kinnear is resigning from Newcastle for the second time in his lifetime after being their manager from September 2008 to February 2009.
One of England greatest strikers, Alan Shearer, who co-hosts the BBC programme Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2, never backed Kinnear at Newcastle. Shearer, who managed Newcastle for 8 games in 2009 commented, “It was a strange appointment in the first place. When you sell your best player three days before the transfer deadline you have to have a plan. Maybe him resigning is a way of saying he didn’t do his job, but I’m not sure what his job was anyway. Saturday’s defeat against Sunderland was as poor a performance as I’ve seen for a long time. They were lucky it was only 3-0.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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