The news that Joe Kinnear has resigned from Newcastle United broke about 11:00 pm tonight, when Newcastle announced it on the Newcastle web-site.
Alan Shearer – hopes it’s not for health reasons
Initial reactions are coming in, and this is what Newcastle icon Alan Shearer had to say about it, as he talked to Match of the Day 2 last night:
“I always say nothing should surprise you in football, certainly not with Newcastle anyway, but I was very surprised with his appointment in the first place.”
“Particularly with the way it was announced, with the way Joe himself announced it on the radio.” “He got all those names wrong, after being out of the game for so long…it was a strange appointment in the first place, but I’m not surprised.”
“When you sell your best player as you did three days before the deadline, you have to have a plan.” “You have to have someone ready to come in. There was talk about Cabaye going to PSG anyway, so there had to be a plan there.”
“Whether that’s Newcastle’s way of saying, he didn’t do his job, he didn’t bring players in… but I hope it’s not ill health, I hope he’s OK there, but I’m not sure what his job was there anyway at Newcastle.”
We also hope it’s not bad health, as Joe has had a weak heart for a long time now, and it was one reason he couldn’t continue as Newcastle manager back in 2009.
But the timing is such that this seems a statement that he couldn’t get the job done, and we had the strange sight over the weekend of Alan Pardew trying to defend the club, on what was a disastrous failure not to bring in a replacement for Yohan Cabaye last week.
And Joe proved immediately he was not cut out to be an executive anywhere, as he pr-announced his appointment last June – before Newcastle had even got around to announcing it on their web-site – and that was done the next day.
But it had ramifications, as Managing Director Derek LLambias also resigned in protest of the appointment.
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