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Past Newcastle Managers Who Talk A Good Game

10 years ago

It’s funny how many ex-Newcastle managers are never shy of talking about what they would and wouldn’t have done at St.James’ Park if only they’d been given the chance.

The simple reply would be to ask why they didn’t put into action the great master plan when they were actually here.

‘Not enough time, not enough time’ is often their mantra, as though the absolute rubbish we were watching under the likes of Allardyce and Souness was suddenly going to magically transform into the beautiful game, or ‘sexy football’ in Ruud’s case.

It surely is the ultimate laugh when you have failures like some of those above who are regular TV pundits telling Champions League competing managers where they are going wrong.

In recent days,  JFK, or Joe Kinnear if you are being polite, was up on Tyneside attending a function.

Speaking to the press he was talking about how he never had a real chance because everybody was ‘cockney this and cockney that’.

While it was ill health that ended his spell at Newcastle United, his behaviour off the pitch wasn’t up to the job and what we were watching on it was even worse.

I don’t remember anybody taking against him because of where he was or wasn’t from, it was simply a case of being embarrassed that his behaviour was making NUFC into an even bigger joke for a national audience than we’d come to expect.

He was also busy helping United into the Championship with a record of 4 wins in 20 matches and we also lost Shay Given and ‘Charlie Insomnia’ on his watch.

It is hard to believe that Mike Ashley has brought both JFK and Alan Pardew to St.James’ Park, it is almost as though he might possibly have started listening to the right people…

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