Joe Kinnear has talked about his X-rated rant last Thursday and the fact he will certainly not put up with some of the Journalist reporting on Newcastle, which seems biased, unfair, and more than not – unfair.
Joe with Chris Hughton in training
Joe was asked by The People newspaper about the furor surrounding his Thursday press conference rant::
“What furor? I have been too busy on the training ground to notice any furor.” “But I have no regrets at what I did and said. In fact, there is plenty more where that came from. I have always been someone who is prepared to stand and fight his corner.”
“I have always been able to handle any pressure – and give it back. That’s why I have always been able to get the best out of my players and that’s what I will be striving to do at Everton.”
“The critics? They can have sex and travel – if you know what I mean!”
A Newcastle source has said the players also took it easy on Thursday.
The proverbial source told The People:
“While Joe was confronting his critics about giving his players the day off on Monday, he had also given them that day off as well.”
“He told the players to stay at home and relax and put their feet up. This is all because Newcastle were playing on a Sunday this week.”
“This apart, I have to say that the players have been very receptive to Joe and they have trained hard this week.”
There’s nothing wrong with having a second day off last week, and as the source says, that’s because it’s a Sunday game, and they can train on Friday and Saturday morning before traveling to Liverpool – nothing wrong with that at all. If people think it’s best to train from Monday through Saturday, that’s just daft.
Kinnear seems not to be worried how much flak comes his way, as he continued:
“To tell the truth I feel like Red Adair at the minute.” “I didn’t think there was so much hatred up here, that surprises me.” “I’ve had a barrage over the years, so it’s nothing new. It is annoying and it hurts, but I’m not going to let it get me down.”
“There’s no need for it but I know what I’ve got to do to protect myself. I’m caught in a storm but I knew what I was letting myself in for.” “There’ve been people saying I’ve had two heart attacks and I’m ready for a third, others saying that I need my head examined.”
“I didn’t envisage any of this, not in the slightest, and maybe I’m naive because of that. I was in a state of shock and just couldn’t believe it, it’s sickening.” “I can see why people say Newcastle is one of the most difficult clubs in the country to manage.” “I thought I might get it dished out halfway through my tenure not before I’ve started.”
“It’s disappointing if people feel they’ve got the right to degrade me. It’ll all end in tears anyway, it’ll go to court and we’ll see how brave they are then. I want people to have the b*****ks to say things to my face.”
“Criticism on football is fine – I don’t mind it and won’t run away from it, but some of the other personal stuff is just invented, it’s just not right and people are going out of their way to do it.” “I know I’ll get hammered even more if results go against me, there’s going to be no mercy. But I can live with that because it’s based on results.”
“If I’m left alone just to coach the players and talk football then perfect, that’s the ideal job. There’s always the snidey political side to it and if that’s the way football has gone then it’s a shame. Some of the c**p has been soul-destroying.”
“I’ve got to hold my hands up, I didn’t think I’d be treated the way I have been with all the cheap shots. I didn’t realize football had got to that stage.” “I’ve got a short temper, I’ve got a short fuse. I say what I believe and I am never going to change.”
We don’t mind Joe confronting the journalists about their stories at all, but we would suggest he keeps the X-rated stuff out of it, because that definitely hurts the club’s image and that’s who Joe’s employer is right now.
And the best way to answer the critics is on the field, and that’s what Newcastle fans are hoping for today, that Joe can back up his words with a good performance from the lads this afternoon.
That’s the first thing, and then hopefully we can play well enough to get a result at Goodison, and if this happens then Newcastle fans will be more than happy.
Howay The Lads.