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Graeme Souness: Joe Kinnear Appointment Is Vote Of No Confidence In Newcastle United Boss Alan Pardew

Former Magpies boss believes the club has no faith in Alan Pardew.

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Former Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness believes that the club’s appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football shows what little faith owner Mike Ashley has in current boss Alan Pardew, talkSPORT reports.

Ashley has told Pardew he will now answer to the former Wimbledon manager, though he claims all decisions on transfers will be made by the two men alongside chief scout Graham Carr.

But Souness insists Pardew’s position has been seriously undermined by the events of this week.

“It puts Alan Pardew in a very difficult position. As a manager you don’t want to be reading or hearing that someone else is coming in to make all the big footballing decisions,” he said.

“As a manager you’re very well paid but your neck is always on the line. I wouldn’t accept someone else making all the big decisions for me and I don’t think Alan Pardew will, either. I think it will end up in tears for someone.”

Souness also offered his opinion on what it can be like to work with a director of football by saying: “It can work,” he insisted. “But you’re talking here about someone who had all the power to decide who come and goes and it’s been taken away from him.

“If it had been in his original job description you could accept it, but that’s not the case in this instance. It can’t be changed midway through his contract.

“That’s a vote of no-confidence. It’s someone saying we’re not happy with the way you’re doing your job.”


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