Joe Kinnear has talked again to the press today, and he says he was caught off guard in the talkSPORT interview on Monday night, because he thought he was going to talk to Bobby Gould about the old days, but then Andy Goldstein started asking him questions about his new job as Director of Football at Newcastle.
Yohan Cabaye – he just scored
Does Joe really believe he was on that interview to talk about the old times, rather than because he had just been appointed the new Director of Football at Newcastle – that seems difficult to believe.
This is what Joe said, and he mentions Yohan Cabaye too, who is supposed to be upset at what Joe said in the interview:
“I did it as a favor and I am so disappointed.” “I was on air and he switched me to the other presenter.” “I thought I was going to speak to Bobby about the old days.”
“Yohan is a brilliant player and I didn’t pronounce his name right.” “But I didn’t say “Kebab”.” “I said “Keba” and they put the “b” onto it.” “They made a meal of it, no pun intended.”
“Typical journalists, but it is my own fault and I regret what I said about the supporters.”
We listened to the interview again on talkSport, and it certainly sounds like he pronounced Cabaye like Kebab – and the “b” seems to be there – and of course he also talked about another top Newcastle player – Ben Afrie.
But that hasn’t upset Ben Arfa – and he’s now keen to get a new five-year contract at Newcastle – and Joe would do well to sign the 25 year-old – and talks are said to start next week – although Secretary Lee Charnley and the Director of Finance John Irving are leading that effort.
Of course most of the reports last week have been on the daft comments Joe made in the talkSPORT interview but he did talk some sense at times but then got carried away with some ludicrous statements.
We’d be happy if he didn’t talk to the press for several weeks, and let Newcastle and Alan Pardew and his coaching staff get off to a decent start this summer, and Joe could concentrate on getting some good players through the door – which after all is his chief job now at Newcastle.
If Joe gets some good players through the door this summer – attitudes could change towards him – but they would have to be some very good players for that to happen.
But we hope that’s exactly what happens – for the good of the club.
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