Manager insists he is not the one in charge of comings and goings.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has moved to deflect some of the criticism he has received recently for his perceived lack of activity in the transfer window by claiming it is Joe Kinnear, and not he, who is in charge of bringing new recruits on board, Sky Sports reports.
It has been a busy summer for the club’s back room, yet they have so far failed to add any significant numbers to their playing staff as new Director of Football Joe Kinnear hasn’t been able to get a hold of anybody.
A new striker has been at the top of Pardew’s priorities this summer, but frustratingly all deals the club has been looking into has yet to materialise, but deals for QPR striker Loic Remy and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis look to be near completion.
However, Pardew has insisted that the club are doing their best to bring new faces on board and took time out to explain how the transfer process at the club works.
“It’s quite simple really, it’s not too different to what we had before with Derek Llambias. Mike and Joe 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 coordinate that and put it all together. So he has my input, he has 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 because there’s the media responsibilities, the team and with my staff I’m managing about 50 people at this training ground.
“It’s not easy and transfers, particularly what we’re trying to do in finding a striker, is possibly one of the hardest things to do in terms of coordination and time and we want to get someone in before the start of the season but, then again, we might not.”