Joe Kinnear has always gone against the local press in Newcastle, and he did the same thing yesterday when he gave an interview for about 14 minutes with talkSport, in which he continually made misstatements about his past, and managed to mispronounce the names of Derek Llambias (Lambeeze), Yohan Cabaye (Cababs), Ben Arfa (Ben Afra), Jonas Gutierrez (Gueterizzi) and Shola Ameobi (Shola Amemobi).
Joe Kinnear – embarrassing Newcastle United
And we thought it was bad when he talked about a certain Charles Insomnia in January of 2009.
And Joe probably made a huge mistake by criticizing the Newcastle fans, who seem already dead against him becoming the Newcastle Director of Football, which by the way has still not been announced by Newcastle – only by Joe.
This is what Joe said towards the end of his interview yesterday about the Newcastle fans.
“To all the fans who don’t agree with this decision, shall I bring Llambeeze back in?. What do you want? What do they want?”
“I heard a silly comment of ‘what can I attract?’ I can open the door to any manager in the world, anyone, that’s the difference. I’ve spent my whole life talking to Alex Ferguson, week in, week out, what would you do?”
“I can pick the phone up at any time of the day and speak to Arsene Wenger, any manager in the league. In all the divisions.”
“I don’t know what angle they’ve got, if they want to sit down and argue with me… Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh. I’m not accepting it, as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that’s a fact.”
Newcastle fans criticize their manager often, that’s part of the heritage at Newcastle, it’s part of the manager’s job on Tyneside, and Alan Pardew is finding out you have to be able to take the severe criticism when things don’t go well.
But at heart Newcastle fans love their club, they love Newcastle United – and we have probably hugely under-stated that.
And one thing they don’t want to see is a person embarrassing the football club, and unfortunately that’s just exactly what Joe Kinnear has been doing over the last 36 hours.
Joe complains about being attacked by the press, but in yesterday’s interview he has given them even more ammunition against him, and it’s on the same level as his first interview as Newcastle’s interim manager back in September, 2008, when his tirade against Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror, contained the F word 52 times.
Mike Ashley must come in and sort this thing out quickly today, before it causes even more embarrassment and damage to Newcastle United Football Club.
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