That the job offer was made to Mick Harford by Joe Kinnear, a long-established friend, makes you wonder what is going on at our football club.
Kinnear has now been Director of Football since 16/Jun/13, the only employment he has had in the game for nine years bar less than an ill-starred 5-months in 2008/09.
In that time he has sold a useful utility-man James Perch to Wigan, squeezed a holiday into the transfer window, put the kybosh on a deal to bring central defender Douglas from FC Twente to SJP (he has subsequently signed for little-known Italian club, Inter Milan) thus forcing the resignation of Managing Director Derek Llambias, spooked Alan Pardew into a complete radio silence for several weeks, caused Chief Scout, Graeme Carr to consider his position, given several interviews to the media which have caused some of us to wonder at his sanity and of course signed no footballers despite a crying need for them.
Now his latest wheeze is to somehow allow discussions to recruit his old mucker, Mick Harford into some kind of assistant Director of Football to leak into the media and then have the indignity of being publicly declined.
Can this man get anything right?