Newcastle: Will Joe Kinnear's appointment halt progression?

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This week's appointment of Joe Kinnear as the director of football at Newcastle United may baffle many onlookers. 

The former manager, 66, who left the club due to health problems back in 2009 is now back and seemingly in charge of all football related matters at St James' Park after signing a three year deal.

Last season Newcastle were in danger of relegation as their performances on the field were clearly not good enough and Alan Pardew's tenure at the club was under severe scrutiny. 

The decision to bring in Kinnear to oversee all football related matters will potentially overshadow Pardew, as Kinnear will be using his own knowledge to scout for future signings, which may not necessarily be the signings that Pardew will wish to make.

When you add into the mix owner Mike Ashley's interventions and the recent resignation of managing director Derek Llambias there is most certainly a sense of upheaval at the club, which could be a recipe for disaster.

On the playing front Newcastle will need to improve and if results go their way then what happens behind the scenes will not be questioned. But if results start to disappoint then the relationship between the power men will come under greater scrutiny by the press and their very own supporters.

The fact that Alan Pardew has not yet commented may speak volumes for his thoughts on the matter. Will Mike Ashley have even approached Pardew for his opinion? Certainly this approach has been tried before with Dennis Wise but that failed to deliver success.

With next season's fixtures having been released this week it is clear that Newcastle United are facing a challenging time in their opening fixtures. In a results driven business the new management structure could be under increased pressure very soon if they fail to deliver where it matters most.

On the other hand Mike Ashley might have produced a masterstroke by employing Kinnear and leaving Pardew to concentrate on playing matters, but only time will tell. 

If this is the way forward for Newcastle then I don't think Joe Kinnear is the right man given some of his comments so far. 

The handling of the whole saga has been a shambles from the start, let's hope if gets better for the good of the club.

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