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NUFC: Kinnear a ‘transfer co-ordinator’ – Pardew

NUFC: Kinnear a ‘transfer co-ordinator’ – Pardew


by Robbie Pringle

5th August 2013 7:02pm BST


Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has told SportsDirect News that Joe Kinnear is acting as a ‘transfer co-ordinator’ following the 66-year-old's return to the club earlier this summer.

Kinnear, who was in charge at St James's Park between September 2008 and February 2009 before ending his tenure due to health problems, was appointed as the Magpies’ director of football in June this year.

After his appointment there were suggestions that Kinnear had been brought in by owner Mike Ashley as a move to take control away from Pardew but the Newcastle boss has since welcomed his arrival.

Pardew has now revealed Kinnear is currently acting as a ‘co-ordinator’ of transfers, and helping him juggle the responsibilities that come with being a modern-day manager.

Talking exclusively to SportsDirect News, he said: “It’s quite simple really. It’s not too different to what we had before with Derek Llambias [who resigned as managing director in June].

"Mike [Ashley] and Joe [Kinnear] work the finances of the football club.

“Therefore I have to make sure, with Joe, that we’re approaching players in the right financial bracket for us and that we’re doing the right amount of scouting.

“Joe’s job is to co-ordinate that and put it all together. So he has my input, he has [chief scout] Graham Carr’s views and also Mike’s opinion as well in terms of the finance.

“Basically, he gives me a ballpark figure of the sort of player we can perhaps afford and me and Graham give him the targets we think it works for. Joe then works towards finding a solution and it’s as simple as that.

“There’s a lot of mediating between the owner, agents, and the owner of the other football club that needs to be done and, in truth, it’s difficult for the manager to find the time for it.

"I've got media responsibilities, the team and with my staff I’m managing about 50 people at this training ground.

“Transfers are not easy, particularly when you're trying to find a striker.

"It's possibly one of the hardest things to do in terms of co-ordination and time.

"We want to get someone in before the start of the season but, then again, we might not.”

It now appears that Newcastle have got the frontmen they were looking for as they have agreed a deal with Queens Park Rangers for frontman Loic Remy.

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