Joe Kinnear had given a weird and wild interview to talkSport, and before we go any further let’s get some facts on the table – something that Joe Kinnear didn’t seem to do before he started talking in the interview – Derek LLambias is currently the Managing Director at Newcastle – much like the Chairman role – he is basically the Chief Executive at Newcastle doing the day-to-day running at Newcastle for owner Mike Ashley.
Joe Kinnear – what is going on at Newcastle
Now let’s get to the interview and we’ll make a few comments later.
And while you are reading this, Kinnear consistently mispronounced Llambias’ name, just as he had talked about a certain Charles Insomnia – a French player at Newcastle – before he was moved out by Joe in January of 2009 to Wigan for £8M, because Joe and Charles (N’Zogbia) didn’t get along – and we were relegated that season.
Here’s some of Joe’s interview:
“I am a bit surprised by the reaction of the fans, but it’s only a certain section of fans.” “It was exactly the same like that when I first got there.” ” I got over 10,00 letters when I had my heart attack and that was a wonderful thing and I was very proud of that.”
I’ve never been sacked in my life“ “They keep saying ‘What has he done?’ Where have these people been, have they been on another planet? ” “I’ve had over 400 games at Tottenham and I’ve been Manage of the Year three times and traveled around the world.”
“Derek Llambayzee was the Director of Football, he resigned and the job became available.” “Derek has decided to go back and be in charge of finance.”
“As far as new players coming in are concerned, we both have a say on who comes in – it’s between Alan and me – and Graham Carr too – we’ll discuss who we need – I think we need a striker.”
“Yes sure, I’ve seen Newcastle games – we have some magnificent midfielders – Tiote, Ben Afra, Yohan Cabab, Sissoko.” “There are still some players there that were there when I was manager.” “I brought Tim Krul to the club – the goalkeeper – I think he’s a terrific player – Shola Amemobi is still there. Perch is still there.”
“Mike wants us to be successful – he doesn’t want us to be in the position last season. We were 5th top two seasons ago and in the season just finished we were like 15th or 16th from the bottom – he doesn’t want that.”
“What can I attract – I can open the door to any football manager in the world, anyone, that’s the difference.” “I’ve spent my whole life picking up the phone, what would you do, what would you do.”
“I can pick up the phone up and speak to Arsene Wenger.” I can pick up the phone and talk to any manager, any manager.”
Newcastle were 16th from the top of the league last season.
James Perch was brought in during the summer of 2010, after we were promoted – when Chris Hughton was manager.
Tim Krul joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005, as a 17 year-old, when Graeme Souness was the manager.
Joe Kinnear played 258 total games for Spurs and 196 of those games were in the First Division.
Joe Kinnear has a high opinion of himself – a very high opinion of himself – although in the interview he said he no ego.
And there is some talk that he may have jumped the gun, although he says he signed his contract last night.
Joe says he is trying to contact the club, but he cannot get through to his usual contact – whoever that is – and that he’s having lunch with Alan Pardew on Tuesday.
And that certain section of fans that he mentions above, it’s 86% of fans who don’t want him as Director of Football, according to our poll, with over 4500 votes in.
And we’ve also noticed there has been no official announcement from the club that he is the new Director of Football – which is in itself very strange.
What’s exactly is going on here?
We need to hear from Newcastle United tomorrow at the latest, as to what exactly is happening – is Joe Kinnear really the new Director of Football at Newcastle.
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