Magpies manager denies he’s being undermined.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has denied that he is being undermined at the club now that Joe Kinnear has been installed as the new director of football, talkSPORT reports.
Kinnear’s appointment has caused controversy amongst the fans, especially after he got the names of several of the club’s top players wrong during his many interviews following his appointment, and Pardew has sought to move to ensure everyone connected with the club that he is the one still calling the shots.
“As the manager of the football club – which I am – I think it’s very, very important that the fans and the players know that I am managing this football team,” Pardew told the club’s official website.
“That’s my contract and that’s what I’m going to do.
“Obviously there has been a change above me in that [managing director] Derek [Llambias] has now left the football club, and I want to thank him for the job he did here.
“He was terrific for me and the team, and now we have Joe Kinnear in that role, and I hope Joe can influence [club owner and chairman] Mike [Ashley] to a degree and we can bring in some great players here.
“Me and Graham will put them there and hopefully Joe can get them over the line and if that’s the case, then hopefully we will have a good scenario out of all this bad publicity that we have had.
“The most important thing is we have a successful season because last year, we didn’t.
“I think we have the squad to have a really good season – and hopefully we can improve on that squad too.
I can’t tell you how motivated I am for the new year.”