JOHN GIBSON: Kinnear officially began his new job at Newcastle this week and let rip, stating he is “head and shoulders” above every other director of football
I see Uncle Joseph has had his soapbox out again with the usual disastrous effect.
Why is that? Well, because he used to be a football manager, that is why.
Dennis Wise, once manager of Leeds United you may remember, was appointed Executive Director (Football) by Mike Ashley which translates as director of football does it not?
Kinnear also displayed again a startling lack of realisation of the passing of time.
He added: “I am lending my experience as a manager for all those years.
“Ten years at Wimbledon, two years at Nottingham Forest, two years winning promotion at Luton and almost two years at Newcastle.”
No-Ordinary-Joe actually spent seven-plus years at Wimbledon, just over 11 months at Forest and all of five months at Newcastle as manager.
What is most important, putting side his regular gaffes, is what Kinnear helps achieve in the transfer market.
United’s already thin squad is now three players down from last season with James Perch joining Steve Harper and Danny Simpson on the departed list.
Perch was never good enough for a regular first-team place but he was the ideal sub being able to perform all across the back four and as a defensive midfielder.
Especially ideal as that other utility player, Ryan Taylor, is out injured for the whole of next term.
We were told Perch was expendable because of the raft of new players who are to arrive at St James’ Park. Really?
I, like the Toon Army, will look forward to that over the next few weeks.
Many folk may well see Joe as a slapstick figure of fun but what really matters to Geordies, embarrassed and yes stung by his string of outrageous claims, is can he deliver as promised?
If he can an awful lot will be overlooked. If he cannot then I am afraid Toon fans may call for the guillotine to be dragged centre stage.
Source: Newcastle United Mad