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Pardew 'open-minded' over Kinnear

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Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:56:00

Emanuele Giaccherini's agent does not believe the Italian international will be sold by Juventus, amid claims that Sunderland have lodged an offer for his services.

It has been reported in Italy and England that the Black Cats have turned their attentions to the 28-year-old attacking midfielder and submitted a bid of €10million (£8.6million).

However, his agent does not believe that Juventus are looking to sell.

"Myself and my partner have not called anyone, and also [Juventus director general Giuseppe] Marotta has made it very clear on the future of Giaccherini," he told Furio Valcareggi IlSussidiario.net.

"And he gets on well with Antonio Conte, who is a great coach and he has no intention of selling him - he is not for sale."

Asked if the player was looking for a move, he added: "Absolutely not, he is fine at Juventus.

"He has the confidence of everyone and still wants to win so much. I believe Juventus are in a strong shape to win a third consecutive title."

Club owner Mike Ashley dropped something of a bombshell last month when he parachuted 66-year-old Kinnear into St James' Park and handed him responsibility for all football-related matters.

Pardew, who was on holiday at the time, kept his own counsel as managing director Derek Llambias voted with his feet and resigned, but the 51-year-old manager is ready to give it a go.

He told BBC Radio Newcastle: "I'm very open-minded to Joe's position. I will take it as I see it.

"People who work with me will know that I am my own man. I will manage this football club and manage this team to the best of my ability.

"On the back of last year I am even more motivated to do well this year."

Kinnear's first few days in the post did not go well as he conducted a series of interviews in which he muddled up facts and mispronounced the names of some of the club's senior players.

Pardew said: "Some of the things Joe said he has apologised for, especially getting the names wrong of our players.

"That needs to be corrected because there is a certain respect needed there.

"I spoke to one or two players and my staff here and made them very aware of where the position lies."

Kinnear has been charged with the task of implementing the summer transfer plan drawn up in discussions with Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr, and the manager is hoping he will be able to fight his corner with the sportswear magnate.

Pardew said: "It is very simple for me: if Joe can persuade Mike to invest in the right manner, then that will be the best outcome for us.

"As well as we have done in the transfer market, there is always room for improvement.

"I have spoken to Joe and had a couple of meetings with him. I have told him what I think the weaknesses in the squad are.

"Let's be fair, it's a squad, not a side, and I have told him I need to strengthen, and I have a couple of ideas."

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