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COMMENT – Joe Kinnear Has Left The Building

8 years ago

For many people Joe Kinnear became the public face of everything that is wrong with Newcastle United under Mike Ashley.

Late on Monday night it was announced that Kinnear had left his role as Director of Football at Newcastle United, with the official pronouncement that he had ‘resigned’.

I find it hard to believe that Joe has unilaterally given up a job that was basically a sinecure – getting handsomely  paid but with no visible duties attached to his position.

The only assumption I can make is that for whatever reason it now suits Mike Ashley not to have him at the club and in reality it is by mutual agreement. In other words Kinnear getting a pay-off and thank you very much for a great job done – in Mike Ashley’s eyes.

Whatever the circumstances, or reasoning, I don’t know anybody who will see this as a negative. Even if Ashley reappoints Dennis Wise or some other mad appointment, or nobody, it won’t be see as any worse than the curse of JFK.

I wouldn’t read too much into the news ‘leaking’ out before an official club statement. Llambias clearly looked to be making his dissatisfaction clear by personally breaking news of his departure, Sky’s ‘exclusive’ on Joe’s farewell simply looks like another example of the unhealthy relationship between the broadcaster and the club, to the exclusion of all others.

When the club did then make their initial pronouncement they only needed all of 29 words;


Newcastle United can confirm that Joe Kinnear has this evening resigned from his position as Director of Football with immediate effect.

The Club will be making no further comment.

Hardly the biggest surprise that NUFC state that they’ll be making no further comment, after all whose name would they put to it in the absence of any managing director or chief executive? Where’s Alan Pardew?

Pardon me for not dancing in the streets but while I am relieved that this idiot’s name is no longer associated with Newcastle United (a bit like Nile Ranger), anybody who believes that Joe Kinnear has ‘let down’ Ashley must be sorely mistaken, in my opinion.

To think that signings haven’t been made only because of Joe Kinnear’s incompetence is tempting but surely well wide of the mark.

To go 12 months without buying anybody has clearly been Mike Ashley’s ideal scenario and getting Cabaye out the door a £20m bonus at the end of it.

Joe Kinnear’s name has been attached to the transfer ‘strategy’ and he’s been paid a relative fortune to assume the role of pantomime villain and deflect a fair bit of criticism off Ashley himself.

Maybe the biggest challenge for the club is whose name to put against the increasingly ludicrous programme notes that seek to justify Ashley’s running of the club, with much use of smoke and mirrors by the club’s PR machine to claim that the club is well run as against all common sense and everything that is happening elsewhere in football. In other words Newcastle United have a brilliant master plan and everybody else is wrong.

Mike Ashley is never going to put his own name to anything but I would see it as even a step forward if the anonymous person within his Sports Direct empire who the club’s remaining skeleton staff report to on a day to day basis, put his/her name to the programme notes. Or they could even have it beginning ‘A Sports Direct Spokesperson said…’ as an introduction to the match programme notes.

I’d love to see Joe lose the plot and end up giving another radio interview where he tells it as it is and why he really loved ‘Kebabs’ and other such nonsense.

Admitting exactly what his job was at St.James’ Park  and what Mike Ashley has lined up for us would be even better – but even Joe knows not to bite the hand that’s fed him so handsomely for doing his dirty work.


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