Good riddance Joe, a sentiment shared by almost every fan of Newcastle United after hearing that Joe Kinnear resigned as director of football.
Lies, lies and more lies. That is what Newcastle fans have had to put up with since Kinnear returned to the club last summer. “Judge me on my signings,” he said. Well consider yourself judged. Your lies and incompetence was tolerated for too long.
While Kinnear was at the club, how could we possibly be taken seriously? The man is an absolute laughing stock and the worst thing about it is that we had already experienced it during his time as manager. The warning signs were already there.
Everyone knows that nothing should ever surprise you at Newcastle United, especially under Mike Ashley’s ownership. The fans have been led a merry dance by Ashley on numerous occasions but rehiring Kinnear was a step too far.
This is the man that was in charge for most of our relegation season and largely responsible for the eventual outcome with just five wins in 26 games.
He publicly heaped embarrassment on himself and the club by disrespecting Charles N’Zogbia, calling him “insomnia” in a television interview.
As previously mentioned the warning signs were there but surely it couldn’t happen again?
It did. However, this time it was ten times worse. Kinnear announced his return on the radio and before he’d even started in his new role at the club he reminded everybody just how preposterous he really is.
More mispronunciations of player names which included Yohan Kebab (Yohan Cabaye), Ben Afri (Ben Arfa), Sissy (Cisse), Shola Amamobi (Shola Ameobi), Galtirez (Gutierrez) and o fcourse Derek Llambezee (Derek Llambias).
Then there were the lies and sweeping claims before he stuck a massive two fingers up at the Toon Army by criticising them and claiming that his knowledge is superior.
During his time as director of football, not a single permanent signing was made. In the most recent transfer window he promised: “I will not let any player leave Newcastle United in this window.” Another lie, it wasn’t long before Cabaye was sold to Paris Saint-Germain – the club’s most prized asset departed without being replaced. Puppet master Ashley got just what he wanted from his old mate.
The embarrassing debacle is over but the damage has been done and now Newcastle’s squad is weaker than when Kinnear arrived. Newcastle had an opportunity to push for Europe but Kinnear’s failure to do his job, has left a major dent in Newcastle’s growth and that opportunity has vanished.
After the pitiful surrender to our fiercest rivals, change was certainly needed. However, it’s imperative not to get ahead of ourselves. Let’s not forget the man behind this mockery, the man that inflicted Kinnear upon us not once, but twice.
Our fortunes will not change until the circus packs up and returns home. One down, two to go.