Kinnear to assess roles of Carver and Stone at Newcastle Utd

Newcastle assistant manager John Carver
Newcastle assistant manager John Carver

JOE Kinnear will assess the roles of coaches John Carver and Steve Stone as part of his working brief at Newcastle United.

Kinnear was this week brought back to the club as director of football by owner Mike Ashley.

He has been tasked with finding out the reasons behind Newcastle’s poor form last season, and will act as Ashley’s eyes and ears around their Benton training ground.

Kinnear’s role will be varied, with all football matters coming under his remit.

And one of the areas he will be looking at is boss Alan Pardew’s coaching staff, which includes assistant manager Carver and former England international Stone.

“What I’m doing is overseeing everything at the club,” Kinnear said. “I’m looking at the coaches and how they work.

“I’m looking at everything else that goes on in football.

“I’m going to sit down with the manager and see what can improve us.”

While he lives in London, Kinnear – who signed a three-year deal – will be moving up to Tyneside in order to keep a close eye on proceedings.

And he will base himself at the Benton training ground so that he can assist Pardew and find out what went wrong at the club last season, when they slumped from a fifth-placed finish the year before to narrowly avoiding relegation.

“I’ll be up there,” said Kinnear.

“I’ll be down the training ground. I’ll be working out of the training ground. I’ve got an office there.

“I’ll be looking at everything – the training, the players, the attitudes. I’ll be looking at 101 things.

“Two years ago we finished fifth. That was an exceptionally good year.

“What I want to know myself, when I sit down with Alan, is what was the cause of such a drastic second season.

“Instead of building on the first one, what was the drastic that got us to where we almost got relegated.

“Whether it was the Europa League dragging us into extra matches, I don’t know.

“I’m going to sit down, and I want to hear it from Alan and other people connected with the club.”