Day: September 27, 2008

Hang On A Minute – Joe… WHO?

Newcastle United supporters have spent much of the last couple of weeks being chippy about the rest of the world laughing at their football club. Far enough, in some respects. There has been a nasty undercurrent to much of the criticism of Newcastle’s supporters over the last few weeks, though my personal reaction to such chippiness would be to suggest that it doesn’t exactly aid the cause for their defence. Now, however, the can be no way in which we criticise their behaviour actions. Because Newcastle United’s owners have decided, with wisdom that could (with considerable understatement) be described as “limited”, appointed Joe Kinnear as their new manager. Now, some of our younger readers may not remember Joe Kinnear. After all, it has been quite a long time. He started out as a youth team player for St Albans City, before transferring to Tottenham Hotspur in 1965, at the age of eighteen. Over the next ten years, he played almost two hundred games for Spurs before transferring to Brighton & Hove Albion in 1975. He played sixteen games for them before retiring at the age of thirty. In addition to this, he won twenty-five caps for the Republic of Ireland. So far, so mediocre. His coaching career started in the Middle East, with five years in Dubai, where he managed two clubs. After this, in a career move which...

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