NEW director of football Joe Kinnear has vowed to find out what went wrong at Newcastle United last season.
The Magpies suffered a difficult campaign as they struggled with the demands of playing in both the Premier League and Europe.
Having finished fifth the year previously, Alan Pardew’s side only just managed to beat relegation, ending the season fifth-bottom.
Owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias held an inquest after the season had finished with Pardew, but Kinnear insists he has been brought in to discover why United suffered so badly.
He said: “They are pointing the finger at the injuries, then there’s the Europa League.
“But I will be at the training ground to help find what has gone wrong.
“And please God – let’s hope Newcastle never find themselves in this position again.
“To go from fifth to 16th is a big slide. The team struggled last year.”
Kinnear intends to have a meeting with Pardew once the Newcastle boss returns from his holiday to thrash out how the two men can work together.
But he believes the experience he’s gained over the years as both a player and a manager will stand him in good stead for the job – and provide a bridge between the changing rooms and the boardroom.
“I will sit down with Pards and we will talk about it all,” added the former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest boss, who had a five-month spell in caretaker charge of Newcastle in 2008-09.
“He says he is delighted about the move. He now has somebody with a football background to bounce ideas off.
“The way it used to work was Mike, then Derek, then the manager. Now it will be Mike, me, then the manager.
“He (Ashley) said ‘I want a football person in between me and the manager’.
“Before it was Derek, who is someone who’s very good at figures and finance.
“He wanted my expert opinion on what Newcastle needs and to improve in the defensive areas and all over the pitch.
“Derek’s a businessman. His background is finance and running casinos.
“They will let me work with the manager.
“I’ve got years of experience. I have played at every level, won things and worked with some of the great players.”