Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told the club’s new director of football Joe Kinnear that he needs to show more respect to the players.
The Magpies boss appeared less than impressed with Kinnear’s dodgy pronunciations of some of the stars of his squad.
He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “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.
“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.”
But Pardew insisted he remained “open-minded” about Kinnear’s appointment.
He said: “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.”