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The Joe Kinnear Credentials That Prove He Is (Not) The Right Man For Newcastle United

9 years ago

Joe Kinnear the other night delivered what would be for most people, a resignation speech, even before he was officially confirmed as Newcastle United’s Director of Football earlier today.

Waffling on about any old rubbish; a mixture of twisted facts and bare-faced lies, Kinnear didn’t even really talk a good game despite the untruths.

As for his credentials to do the job being questioned he said this;

“To all of the Newcastle fans who don’t do this decision, then do they want Lambezee (Llambias!) back?

I heard that silly comment, ‘what can I attract’?

I can open the door to any manager in the world, anyone. That is the difference, I spend my whole life picking up the phone and talking to Alex Ferguson, week-in/week-out.

If they want to sit down and argue with me then some of them are talking out of their backsides – a load of rubbish and I am not accepting that. Simple as, I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that is for sure.”

I don’t think we ever wanted Lambezee/Llambias in the first place and as far as we know he hasn’t actually left, so the question of wanting him back or not is a bit redundant.

Anyway, JFK reckons he is the right man for the job and in interviews has gone off it when his credentials are questioned, so Joe Kinnear, football manager, what have you done?

Well to be fair, getting Wimbledon up to 6th was a decent effort and the fact he got the 1993/94 LMA manager of the year is well earned. What else though?

Well, at Luton JFK managed them to finish as 2001/02 runners-up in the ‘Third Division’ (Third Tier), however he had taken them down into that Third Tier the season before.

Just over ten years ago Kinnear left Luton, so what has he done since?

Well it won’t take long…JFK spent ten months as Forest manager and paved the way for their relegation in 2004/05 with only 4 wins in the first 23 league matches before he bailed out.

After a few years rest (although he did sign Tim Krul for Newcastle in 2005 despite never having worked for Newcastle at that point….), Kinnear turned up at a club that matched his mad behaviour. Four wins in eighteen matches followed to leave Newcastle heading for relegation, Kinnear didn’t have the option of seeing the job finished as a heart attack guaranteed his exit from St.James’ Park.

To sum up Joe Kinnear’s managerial career, his highlight is getting Wimbledon into sixth in the Premier League, plus third division runners up with Luton and I nearly forgot, Kinnear and Nepal ended runners-up in the South Asian Games.

On the other hand, he has overseen relegations for Luton, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.

Since August 2004, Kinnear has managed NUFC and Forest in 41 matches, his teams winning only 8 of them, a shocking statistic.

So when JFK challenges us to say why he isn’t suitable, well in the last nine years, Newcastle United/Mike Ashley have been the only ones daft enough to employ him, since he left Forest in December 2004.

I’ll leave you to wonder what he and Sir Alex Ferguson chat about each week but I have a feeling Fergie doesn’t need to claim back any mis-sold PPI!



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