Joe Kinnear has again damaged his standing with Newcastle fans by personally criticizing Newcastle’s goalscoring legend Alan Shearer, after Alan had said Joe had made Newcastle into a laughing stock with his ridiculous talkSPORT interview last Monday night.
Joe Kinnear – really a dustman at heart?
Joe didn’t exactly answer the criticism handed out by Shearer, but instead ridiculed Alan’s coaching abilities, and it’s never good to immediately get personal in any argument.
And today, the 66 year-old Irishman has tried to placate the fans in the Shields Gazette with this offering:
“They are like me up there – they appreciate hard work.” “I am from a council estate, and I have been taught the values of hard work.”
“A lot of the fans up there have that attitude.” “They want to see their team do as well as possible.” “And when things aren’t going right they stamp their feet – and so they should.
“It is part of the culture up there and you have to take the criticism when you don’t do well.” “You have to remember you are representing the fans up here.” “That’s what I have to do.”
And Joe was brought up in a council estate – weren’t we all – and it will be interesting to see if Joe can get to to the fans meeting set up by NUFC Fans United tonight.
But if he does make the meeting, he will need to behave himself – we’ve had enough of negative headlines surrounding Joe over this last week.
For some reason that reference to a council estate reminds us of that Lonnie Donegan hit of old – “My Old Man’s A Dustman” (circa 1960) – here’s some of the words we remember:
“My old man’s a dustman, he wears a dustman’s hat, he wears cor-blimey trousers and he lives in a council flat.”
Joe is trying to say he came up from humble beginnings – but most of us did – especially back in the old days when unemployment was so high in the Newcastle area in the 1960s – but I digress ….. again. 😀
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