Joe Kinnear has sparked a storm of controversy and criticism after a radio interview to discuss his appointment as director of football at Newcastle in which he appeared to insult the club’s supporters, fail to clarify the extent of his responsibilities with the Magpies and mispronounce the names of a number of executives and senior players, including Derek Llambias and Yohan Cabaye, Sky
Speaking on talkSport, Kinnear appeared to take credit for bringing goalkeeper Tim Krul to the club during his spell as manager in 2008/09, despite the fact that Krul made his debut for the Newcastle first team years before Kinnear was at the helm. Kinnear also expressed surprise at the negative reaction to his appointment – which has yet to be confirmed by the club – and blamed sections of the media for stirring up the unhappy sentiments.
Kinnear was Newcastle manager between September 2008 and February 2009, replacing Kevin Keegan following the former England manager’s resignation, before health problems forced Kinnear to stand aside. In that brief time Kinnear oversaw five wins from 26 games and launched a foul-mouthed tirade at journalists in a press conference.
Current manager Alan Pardew has yet to comment on Kinnear’s appointment but Kinnear claimed they were to have lunch on Wednesday and that Pardew is supportive of his arrival. Kinnear added in his radio interview that any speculation he is plotting to usurp Pardew’s position as manager is wide of the mark.
Kinnear, who managed Wimbledon between 1992 and 1999, concluded his radio interview by saying of those critical of his appointment: “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 for sure.”
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