Shearer brands Newcastle a laughing stock over Kinnear appointment

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has called the club a “laughing stock” over the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club’s director of football, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Writing in a national newspaper, Shearer criticised the appointment of the former Newcastle manager, who has been brought in to oversee the work of current boss Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr. Shearer said: “What I do know is that right now people are laughing at the football club I support. And that sickens me.

I promised myself years ago never to be surprised by what happens in football – particularly when it comes to Newcastle,” the former England captain added. “But this situation really is stretching it a bit. While other clubs are all plotting and planning for next season, Newcastle have a manager who has just been totally undermined. Pardew has said he will carry on but I am sure it will be a difficult situation.

Shearer was briefly Newcastle manager in the same season Kinnear was first employed by the club, with neither man able to stave off relegation at the end of the 2008/09 campaign. Shearer went on to bemoan the infamous radio interview Kinnear gave earlier in the week, in which he mispronounced the names of a number of Newcastle players and Derek Llambias, the managing director who resigned from the club on Wednesday.

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