The silliness of transfer season is in full swing. Cesc Fabregas might end up at ManU, Wayne Rooney might end up at Chelsea and Luis Suarez might end up a Gunner. Strange times indeed.
Every club in England, and indeed across Europe and the rest of the globe, are scouting players and making enquiries – phone calls are being made, deals are being negotiated. Everyone is looking for this seasons’ Michu; the final piece of the puzzle that will propel their squad to glory.
Everyone it seems, except for Newcastle. The Toon have been very quiet during the break, with only 2 people joining the club. 17-year-old Olivier Kemen joining the playing staff, and former manager Joe Kinnear returning as Director of Football. Whilst such a quiet transfer period for a club may usually point to some sort of stability, this is clearly not the case on Tyneside.
Kinnear can probably be best described as a divisive figure. In his brief stint (18 games) as Newcastle manager in 08/09, he achieved a extremely poor win percentage of 22.22% and left the club a few months prior to it being relegated from the Premier League for the first time in their history. Unfortunately, the only memorable moment from his tenure was when he launched a verbal tirade at the Daily Mirror’s journalist Simon Bird during an press conference. The diatribe included swearing 52 times and singling out Bird as a “cunt”.
One can understand the sheer disbelief from Newcastle fans when on the 16th of June this year, in a series of telephone interviews, Kinnear announced that he had been appointed as Newcastle United’s Director of Football. This claim was made amongst a series of wild and totally untrue claims of achievements, in which he also mistakenly referred to Newcastle’s key player Yohan Cabaye as “Yohan Kebab”. This disbelief turned into outrage when the appointment was confirmed by Newcastle United on the 18th of June.
The overriding sentiment from the media is that that Kinnear is somewhat of a Trojan horse, brought in to smoke out manager Alan Pardew from his ludicrous eight-year contract. However, regardless of the intentions of this appointment by chairman Mike Ashley, the immediate future of this once proud club remains in jeopardy. Remember – this is a club that positively limped to safety last season. Without any discernable transfer policy, and serious lack of leadership within the club, a repeat of the 08/09 relegation debacle is certainly on the cards.