Newcastle’s new director of football was widely ridiculed over the interview last week in which he referred to outgoing managing director Derek Llambias as ‘Derek Llambezi’ and midfielder Yohan Cabaye as ‘Yohan Kebab’.
Kinnear hit back over the weekend, claiming that he had been duped by talkSPORT into thinking he would be reminiscing on air with co-host Bobby Gould about their days at Wimbledon rather than discussing Newcastle with presenter Andy Goldstein. However, talkSPORT insist that Goldstein, as the main presenter, was always going to be involved and that Kinnear turned down an offer to have the interview pre-recorded.
The station also revealed that the 66-year-old called back the following day asking to go on air again.
TalkSPORT were unable to put him on immediately because of their live coverage of the British Lions, but offered Kinnear the chance to appear on the drivetime show later in the day. He agreed but did not call back.
‘TalkSPORT offered Joe Kinnear the opportunity to come on the following day – in fact he contacted us,’ said a spokesperson today.
In the interview, Kinnear also referred to Hatem Ben ‘Afri’ and told Newcastle fans that he knew more about football than them.
Source: Newcastle United Mad