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Joe Kinnear Takes Newcastle United To Australia and The World

9 years ago

One thing about our football club is for sure, Newcastle United are very rarely out of the headlines.

Nationwide and indeed worldwide, there is a fascination of many for two main reasons.

Firstly, why do so many of us go and watch a team that never wins anything, why do supporters give so much to something that gives them back so little?

Secondly, thanks to modern technology there isn’t a corner of the globe that can’t now watch every own goal and slow motion car crash that happens at St.James’ Park, even available now in 3D and High Definition.

Both Sir Bobby and Kevin Keegan brought respect and credibility to Newcastle United, adding integrity to their love and passion for the game and especially Newcastle United was an intoxicating mixture.

Now we have…well how do you put it into words.

As it happens we have a perfect illustration from the other side of the world.

The ‘Newcastle Star’ (The Australian media organisation, not the pub opposite the O2 Academy…) has published a piece with the headline ‘Poms Take The Mickey’.

Those of you who also follow cricket will be aware that the Australian cricket team are in disarray after sacking their coach less than three weeks before the first Ashes Test.

The Newcastle Star reports;

‘The British press has taken aim at the state of Australian cricket and the team’s predicted “car crash of a tour”.

“Even by the jaw-dropping standards of Australian cricket, the decision to sack South African Mickey Arthur yesterday and replace him as coach with the epitome of a stereotypical Aussie just 16 days before the start of the Ashes was a shock”, wrote Paul Newman of the Daily Mail.

Cricket Australia might as well have asked Newcastle United’s new director of football, Joe Kinnear – who recently gave a gaffe-strewn radio interview in which he repeatedly mispronounced the names of his players – to provide a “stabilising force” to the team.’

So where under Sir Bobby and KK people bought into the pride and passion we have for our club, now Kinnear and his boss are helping to make Newcastle United a byword for stupidity, crassness and embarrassment.


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