Just when you thought matters at Newcastle United couldn’t become simultaneously more Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Swansea City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Liberty Stadiumdepressing and surreal, Joe Kinnear decides to appoint his Mackem mate, Mick Harford to the position of Assistant to him. Harford’s credentials in management and coaching are about as impressive (i.e. shite) as Kinnear’s but the growing fear is Kinnear is now assembling a team that will slot into place when Pardew is sacked/resigns or whatever.

Hares are now running with speculation that Kinnear is deliberately not concluding deals in order to make life difficult for Pardew whilst Pardew is attempting to put pressure on the Director of Football to get deals done and letting the media believe they are imminent. In the meantime, Pardew’s preferred choice for striker, Darren Bent looks like he might be moving to Fulham and our options are narrowing all of the time.

All of this of course seems faintly reminiscent of the situation we had in the summer of 2008 between Kevin Keegan, Derek Llambias, Denis Wise and Tony Jimenez. We all know how that panned out.

The man responsible for all of this crap of course is Mike Ashley with one relegation under his belt already, a close call last season and an apparent air of disinterest for his friends and their football club in the north. TF_INITIALS_LOGO

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