We know that Michael Owen has been trying to rewrite his history at Newcastle with his interviews in the Evening Chronicle for the past several days, and Joe Kinnear is too – did you know he was manager of Newcastle for almost two years?
Joe Kinnear – manager at Newcastle almost two years
Well that’s the latest stuff (there are probably more appropriate words that could be inserted here) to come out of his mouth, as he has talked to one of the local papers – and he says he’s just great – to put it in a nutshell.
Kinnear was at Newcastle yesterday for the first time since he was appointed the Newcastle Director of Football, and this is what Kinnear told the Shields Gazette, in what they are calling an exclusive:
“Every top club in the land has got one.” “We haven’t – that’s the difference. The manager can’t do everything.” “I’m probably the only football manager to be a director of football.” “I don’t know any other ex-managers who have.”
“I’ve been a manager for 35 years. I’ve been Manager of the Year. I’ve won every award there is in football as a player. “I think all those qualities put me head and shoulders above every other director of football.”
“Some directors of football have never played the game,” “I’m lending my experience as a manager for all those years – 10 years at Wimbledon, two years at Nottingham Forest, two years winning promotion at Luton and, of course, almost two years at Newcastle.”
“I would still be there if the heart attack had not occurred.”
Joe Kinnear was manager at Newcastle from late September of 2008 through mid February of the next year – when heart problems before the away game at West Brom sidelined him, and that was almost two years in Joe’s world – a bit like his three Manager of the Year awards.
He was also manager of Luton when they were relegated, before he brought them straight back the next year in 2002.
It’s a pity Joe comes over as so deluded, because unfortunately his comments will now be linked with Newcastle United, since he’s now back at the club.
It’s true that Joe is very experienced in football, but it’s hard to get past what he says about himself, as he distorts the facts so much, in his favor.
Maybe Mike Ashley can get a clause in Joe’s contract that he cannot speak to the press, and therefore he cannot keep embarrassing himself and Newcastle – that would do it.
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