Mick Harford turns down Newcastle for Millwall role
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Mick Harford has been appointed assistant manager at Millwall after turning down a role at Newcastle.
Harford, who joined the backroom staff at the Den last month, was offered the chance to become assistant to Magpies director of football Joe Kinnear.
The 54-year-old played for Kinnear at Wimbledon and was a coach under him at Luton and Nottingham Forest.
"I have declined an offer to be Joe Kinnear's assistant," Harford told Sky Sports News.
"After meeting with [owner] Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, I made the decision that it's not the right time for me to take up this role.
"It was an honour to be asked to work at a fantastic club and I have the utmost respect for the club and its fans.
"I am currently enjoying a role helping out at Millwall, but would like to thank Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear for the opportunity."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr report to Kinnear following his return to the club this summer.
Millwall manager Steve Lomas, who was appointed by the Championship side this summer, expects Harford to be a "great addition" to his staff.
"He's a vastly experienced coach who I have known for many years now," Lomas told the club website.
"I know there was speculation about Mick going to Newcastle because of his past connections with Joe Kinnear, but he's fully committed to Millwall and to doing a job for us here."
What will give in first big Joe's health or Pardews pride?...and Mike Ashley reveals himself as a cross dresser with a fetish for cockney ex footballers.
"Newcastle United Street" bringing original geordie drama to the premier league.
I don't know what the set-up was like at Newcastle in recent years but they have brought in some very talented players from France for relatively small amounts. Would a Kinnear/Harford combination have really done this or anything remotely as good?
Arise; Sir mike Ashley
Being a magpie im really flabbergasted on why are we apointing these clowns and not hearing more about signings we need espically 2 new strikers as top piority.
I wish I didn't care anymore but it's not that easy.
Ashley please go away and leave us alone..........
Gazza will be unveiled as social secretary and tour coordinator next! "Ey lads, we're off to Malia for preseason. Fishbowls are on Kebab"
During his first transfer window (the busiest time in his new job) he goes on holiday, comes back to try & get Harford ... fails.
Why is it we are the only team constantly in the headlines for board & backroom staff?
They should get their heads down and do their jobs instead of precipitating the circus.
Best of luck Newcaslte. You'll be meeting Blackburn again very soon!
Sunderland - hire DOF Roberto de Fanti - One of most highly respected directors in Italy.
Newcastle - hire DOF Joe Kinnear - Aside 5 months at Newcastle out of football for 9 years.
After 5 weeks in Job:
De Fanti - 9 First team signings including Italy international winger.
Kinnear - No signings. Not even any bids. Can't even persuade best mate to join.
Mike, why do you hate us so?
One famous English Football club.
French players already signed and delivered, with more to come.
Dysfunctional senior staff easy to remove, the fans will love the new owner for it.
English manager is being squeezed out ready for new owner to appoint a french manager.
Good training club for future french internationals.
Come and buy.