Joe Kinnear had a tirade yesterday morning in complaining vehemently, with some very blue language at the treatment he has been receiving from sports writers who cover Newcastle United.
Joe Kinnear – filthy worded tirade against National Press
Let’s just saying the way Joe started the press conference was as follows:
Kinnear: Which one is Simon Bird? – he is the Daily Mirror’s north-east football writer
Kinnear: You’re a c**t.
Bird: Thank you.
Then it got worse from there with Joe launching a filthy worded verbal attack against the National journalists and threatening never to speak to them again as he claimed in this last week they had continually tried to undermine him and the Newcastle United Club.
At one point Joe was so upset that he said he may even seek libel damages for some of their stories.
And this is after only 7 days since Kinnear was announced last Friday as Newcastle’s interim manager.
Only at Newcastle.
Often during the interview the Press officer said some of the following, hoping the press conference would be kept quiet and not reported outside that room:
Press officer: What has been said in here is off the record and doesn’t go outside. Let’s get on to football. Let’s have an agreement that everything said so far, if anyone has got their tapes on, it’s wiped off and we’re not discussing it.
Journalist: But that’s what Joe has said he thinks of us.
Press officer: I’m saying don’t push it. Let’s accept what’s been said and try and move on.
But of course the transcripts immediately appear in all the National press immediately after the conference, which will not help Joe, and really shows up Joe. But that also illustrates what these journalists are like.
One of the hardest things about the Newcastle manager is dealing with the press, because they will write lies about anything to get a story, we have learned a lot about this since we started this blog in April of last year.
But Joe just has to stop wasting energy on being upset about what these people write – because they’ll get even worse as his enemies, which they certainly are now.
Quite honestly this has embarrassed the club, and maybe Joe Kinnear should even issue a short apology and then not talk to them again, if it is going to result in this type of stuff, which we don’t want to hear again.
We’ve read the transcripts and listened to the press conference and to say this has embarrassed the club is an under-statement.
Joe has to get used very quickly to these National press people writing almost anything to sell their papers, and we had to think about whether the word “almost” was needed to be in this sentence.
Oh well, it’s happened now but this will help nobody, certainly not Joe nor the team, nor the club, which are the only important players in all of this.
In fact the only people it will help? You guessed it – the press – who will write sensational stories about this. But to release the transcript and audio is another stab in the back for Joe – that’s what they are like – let’s be truthful here.
Anything for a sensational story.
If Joe want to treat the press as enemies from now on – then that’s fine with us – but he should use this to motivate himself and the players to get back at the press with great results – because that’s all that really matters right now.