He added: “I’ve been a manager for 35 years. I’ve been Manager of the Year. I’ve won every award there is in football as a player. I think all those qualities put me head and shoulders above every other director of football.” Newcastle have tried the director of football system before with Dennis Wise, whose title was executive director (football), working above then manager Kevin Keegan. It was a move which backfired spectacularly with Keegan eventually walking out and successfully fighting a claim for constructive dismissal. However, Kinnear is convinced he can form a working partnership with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr as the club sets about the task of improving the squad for next season. He said: “Some directors of football have never played the game. I’m lending my experience as a manager for all those years – 10 years at Wimbledon, two years at Nottingham Forest, two years winning promotion at Luton and, of course, almost two years at Newcastle. I would still be there had it [a heart attack] not occurred.” Kinnear was actually in charge at St James’ for a little more than six months before his health problems struck. His first act could be to sanction the departure of utility man James Perch, who is currently the subject of a bid from relegated Wigan. Perch, 27, has emerged as something of a cult figure on Tyneside after a difficult start to his career in a black and white shirt. However, despite the fact that he provides cover across the back four and in a defensive midfield role, it appears that the Magpies could be ready to offload him as they review the current squad. The 66-year-old’s appointment was greeted by a less than favourable response on Tyneside, but having started work in earnest at St James’ Park on Monday, he believes he is more than qualified for the job. He told the Shields Gazette: “Every top club in the land has got one [a director of football]. We haven’t – that’s the difference. The manager can’t do everything. I’m probably the only football manager to be a director of football. I don’t know any other ex-managers who have.” Joe Kinnear insists he is “head and shoulders” above every other director of football in the Barclays Premier League because of his experience. Press Association
Nations Cup action is due to begin at 3 o’clock later this afternoon. Ireland will be represented by two Tipperary men – the Olympics-bound Greg Broderick and Denis Lynch. Cian O’Connor and Bertram Allen are the other members of the team that will jump third today behind the United States and Great Britain. Team Ireland currently lie in sixth place in the Nations Cup series, with Dublin being their last event where they can pick up points. Seven of the 10 countries that have competed in Europe Division I this season will qualify for Rio.
Rapper Kwesi Arthur was the star of the show on Wednesday night as Legon Cities faced Ashgold in a midweek Premier League game.The match ended 0-0 but Kwesi Arthur’s performance will keep fans talking about the game long after tonight.A typically energetic performance from the star at half-time kept fans on their feet, long after the two teams had left the field.Rather than keep them at bay, Kwesi Arthur embraced the enthusiasm of the crowd, joining them in the stands as he rolled through his hit songs.His performance, captured by citinewsroom.com‘s Yaw Antwi Owusu was certainly consolation for a lack of goals in the game.Legon Cities have knocked it out of the park with both Shatta Wale and Kwesi Arthur’s performances.If they can get the results to match, it will most definitely be a fine season for them.See more photos of Kwesi Arthur’s performance below Source: Photos: Yaw Antwi Owusu
Ghanaian-born former France Captain Marcel Desailly has advised Black Stars coach Avram Grant to call up players who are committed and willing to fight for Ghana at next month’s Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.Grant who is expected to name his final squad by end of December is currently on a tour of Europe monitoring Ghanaian players. The former Chelsea and AC Milan defender who was born in Ghana before later playing international football for France has stated that Ghana have been drawn into a tough group and Grant can succeed with players who are committed.“We need players who are committed to the country without thinking about anything else, you have to put your personality aside to be able to fit into the project which is to win the AFCON tournament,” said Desailly“If you are a player we just want you to perform, if coach gives you a role that you are not comfortable with, just talk to him about it and not put on any negative attitude.”Ghana, Senegal, South Africa and Algeria are in Group C for the 30th edition of the continental showpiece which kicks off January 17 to February 8.