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Mike Ashley Shocked To Discover Kinnear Has Never Won Champions League & Six League Titles

7 years ago
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Interesting insight this morning which gives us a valuable look into exactly why/how, Mike Ashley chooses to make somebody like Joe Kinnear his main man in a £100m+ business.

Ashley’s biggest failing surely as Newcastle’s owner, has been to only look within his circle of friends/associates when looking for people to run our great club on his behalf.

When he is looking for a Managing Director, the criteria isn’t ‘who is the very best person I can attract who has the most successful record running a football club’? It is, which one of my mates can I trust and who is up for this gig?

So when we come to who Mike Ashley goes for when looking for a ‘Director Of Football’…read this classic extract from The Mail and you’ll understand exactly where Ashley is coming from, unfortunately;

‘Those who are wondering how Ashley, a 48 year old businessman, an Kinnear – an unemployed football coach of pensionable age, enjoy such a close relationship, will never have heard of the Orange Tree pub in Totteridge Village.

It was in this rather well to do watering hole, that the pair first met 12 years ago and Kinnear impressed Ashley with his views on football and the cut of his jib.

The relationship formed back then endures to this day and now threatens the future of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. A Mail source said;

‘They both drank in the Orange Tree and they used to talk about football.

‘I know it seems weird that the two of them are so close but Ashley was always impressed with Joe.

‘Joe has always talked a good game and Ashley bought into it straight away. Frankly, Ashley has always liked him and rated him. It is as simple as that.’

Kinnear has denied ever being in the Orange Tree – ‘I have never been in that pub in my life’, he once blustered.

But as his recent outpourings on every news outlet from Talksport to Sky Sports News have shown, he is a man who can occasionally become confused.

When you think of the outrageous lies that Kinnear has told the whole world in the last few days, when he’s one on one drinking lager tops with the main man, god knows what he is telling him. JFK has already said that Newcastle’s relegation was nothing to do with him, despite (mis) managing Newcastle United for half that season, winning only four PL matches.

I doubt he talks too much about relegating both Luton and Forest in the lower divisions. Mike Ashley hasn’t built his core successful business empire by talking football nonsense all day so I can quite believe that he goes on gut instincts as to who he employs/trusts and somebody could manipulate his lack of day to day (lower league) football knowledge.

So when some chancer is happy to fill in the knowledge gaps and tell Ashley what a brilliant manager and Director Of Football ( reality check – Oxford, Luton…) he’s being, then I can see Ashley swallowing it and believing Kinnear has got the other qualities to make the job a success, as well as the essential one which is doing what he’s told – when he’s told to do it.

Again, when you hear him repeatedly claim to have won three manager of the year awards when in reality it is one, how can you totally discount JFK having told Ashley that he has won trophies as a manager?

As the article in the Mail amusingly concludes with ‘…he is a man who can occasionally become confused’, I can just imagine Kinnear saying to Ashley, “Ya no wot Mike, them 2 League Cups, FA Cup and UEFA Cup I told you wot I won as a manager, well I got a bit confused, it woz as a player at Tottenham now I remember. I woz getting them confused with relegating Luton, Forest and them Geordies. Another lager top guvnor?”

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