Kinnear slams N'Zogbia 'fantasy'

06 February 2009 07:48
Joe Kinnear has issued a withering response to Charles N'Zogbia, accusing the former Newcastle midfielder of living in a 'fantasy world'.

N'Zogbia hit out at the Magpies boss after sealing his move to Wigan on transfer deadline day, with Ryan Taylor heading in the opposite direction.

The Frenchman fell out with Kinnear after the former Wimbledon boss accidentally referred to him as 'Insomnia' during a TV interview after the defeat at Manchester City.

N'Zogbia claimed there was little communication from Kinnear and insisted he was unhappy with his managerial style.

Mickey MouseHowever, Kinnear has dismissed the 22-year-old's criticisms and said: "It's laughable.

"He lived in a fantasy world. There was not a day when he didn't add some Mickey Mouse story about a club that wanted him.

"First of all, he came in and told me Arsenal wanted to buy him, then the next week it was Aston Villa, then the next week, it was Manchester United, then the next week it was Real Madrid, then the next week it was Lyon.

"And each time he came in, he made it clear he did not want to be at the club so in the end, there was only one thing I could do - send him to Wigan.

"I checked out if any of these clubs wanted him and discovered they didn't. I told him, 'You are wasting my time and I don't know why you are inventing all these stories.'"

Source: SKY_Sports