Bill Nicholson in 1967 [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Another Faux Pas: It's Getting Too Much For Joe Kinnear

Former Tottenham player, Joe Kinnear has found it difficult to impress at Newcastle since being appointed as Director of Football during the summer. The latest story to appear in the media will only add to the doubts surrounding his ability to cope with the responsibilities.

Joe Kinnear returned to St James’ Park as Director of Football in the summer with responsibility to secure new players in the transfer market. He was appointed  by owner and Chairman Mike Ashley, apparently without the knowledge of manager Alan Pardew. Kinnear was manager at Newcastle for a short period from October, 2008 until health problems the following February required him to step aside. He was replaced by another former Tottenham player, Chris Hughton, on a temporary basis but who later became their permanent manager.

Kinnear’s summer arrival was surrounded in controversy and uncertainty and was not well received, neither was his inability to pronounce players’ names nor his failure to sign any players for the new season.

Joe Kinnear had spent 10 years at Tottenham. He came through the youth system and made it into the first team at right back where he enjoyed a number of successful seasons. He was the youngest player in the 1967 FA Cup win over Chelsea and was a regular winning two League Cups and the UEFA Cup in 1972. He left in 1975 having made over 250 appearances for Spurs. He went into management and had seven successful years with Wimbledon in the 1990s.

That was a decade when Spurs were changing managers every couple of seasons and Kinnear’s name was frequently linked with the vacant post at Tottenham. It always appeared that Kinnear would have jumped at the opportunity to return to White Hart Lane but the call never came. He has been out of management for four years and at 66 years of age, it may be time to call it a day.

Certainly, his most recent faux pas suggests that he’s not on top of his job at Newcastle despite his opinion that he has the knowledge, experience and contacts for the post.

At the weekend, the Sunday Express revealed that Kinnear thought he had unearthed a new player for Newcastle. Watching Birmingham City against Swansea in a Capital One Cup tie he was very impressed by a young player on the Birmingham team. He spoke to the Birmingham officials to see if they would consider selling the player to Newcastle and enquired what fee they would be wanting. The Birmingham officials were rather embarrassed when they told Kinnear that the midfield player, Shane Ferguson, was actually a Newcastle player who had joined the St Andrews club on a season-long loan.

Perhaps, it’s time for Joe Kinnear to step down – he doesn’t give the impression that he’s on top of his job.

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