Alan Shearer sickened by Newcastle United situation
Joe Kinnear is the new Director of Football at St James’ Park and it’s not an appointment that sits well with Newcastle legend Alan Shearer.
June 20th, 2013
The BBC pundit has been dismayed by owner Mike Ashley’s decision to install Kinnear in a senior position at the north-east club, with managing director Derek Llambias having just resigned from his position.
He may not be the only one, with manager Alan Pardew having not yet commented on Kinnear’s arrival, although the latter has hardly covered himself in glory with a series of outlandish claims and a distinct inability to pronounce the names of players correctly.
Former Newcastle striker Shearer wrote in Thursday’s Sun newspaper: “Where do we start? What I do know is that right now people are laughing at the football club I support. And that sickens me.
“I promised myself years ago never to be surprised by what happens in football – particularly when it comes to Newcastle.
“But this situation really is stretching it a bit.
“While other clubs are all plotting and planning for next season, Newcastle have a manager who has just been totally undermined.
“Alan Pardew has said he will carry on but I am sure it will be a difficult situation.”
He added: “As for that announcement, what are the players to think when he can’t even get their names right? It’s all a PR disaster.
“His (Pardew’s) silence on the appointment of Kinnear himself over recent days said it all,” Shearer wrote. “But what could he say?
“He is in such an intolerable position.
“He can’t come out and slaughter his employers but at the same time he can’t agree with a situation which no manager would find comfortable.”