LOON OF THE TOON TALKIN’ SH*T AGAIN! Joe fires off more mad ram­blings for shocked New­cas­tle fans

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By FRANK MCCAULEY

JOE KIN­N­EAR is at it again...crazily gob­bing off Muhammad Ali style that he is the GREAT­EST.

The Ir­ish mas­ter of blar­ney has al­ready stunned dis­grun­tled New­cas­tle fans with a bizarre se­ries of claims in a ra­dio in­ter­view af­ter be­ing named Toon’s di­rec­tor of football.

And the 66-year-old has fol­lowed up that shocker with an­other amaz­ing in­ter­view in which he claims he’s:

“head and shoul­ders” above ev­ery other di­rec­tor of football in the Pre­mier League

won ev­ery award in football as a player

Kin­n­ear de­clared: “The man­ager can’t do ev­ery­thing. I’m prob­a­bly the only football man­ager to be a di­rec­tor of football. I don’t know any other ex-man­agers who have.

“I’ve been a man­ager for 35 years. I’ve been Man­ager of the Year

Wrong

“I’ve won ev­ery award there is in football as a player.

“I think all those qual­i­ties put me head and shoul­ders above ev­ery other di­rec­tor of football.

“Some di­rec­tors of football have never played the game.

“I’m lend­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence as a man­ager for all those years – 10 years at Wim­ble­don, two years at Not­ting­ham For­est, two years win­ning pro­mo­tion at Lu­ton and, of course, al­most two years at New­cas­tle.

“I would still be there had it [a heart at­tack] not oc­curred.”

Yet again, though, Kin­n­ear is rewrit­ing his­tory and get­ting his facts wrong.

Sev­eral other for­mer play­ers have be­come di­rec­tors of football, while Kin­n­ear spent SEVEN YEARS in charge of Wim­ble­don, 10 MONTHS at For­est and only FIVE MONTHS at New­cas­tle.

And his boast that he’s won ev­ery­thing there is to win as a player is to­tally FALSE.

Yes, he en­joyed a few cup suc­cesses with Tot­ten­ham but he NEVER won a league ti­tle or the Euro­pean Cup.

His lat­est out­ra­geous claims fol­low swiftly on the

. heels of Kin­n­ear’s ram­blings dur­ing THAT in­fa­mous ra­dio in­ter­view.

He shocked lis­ten­ers witha raft of in­cor­rect stats, fees and anec­dotes.

And he made him­self look even SIL­LIER by giv­ing a long list of staff and play­ers at St James’ Park the WRONG names.

They in­cluded Derek Lam­bayzee (Llam­bias), Hatem Ben Afri (Hatem Ben Arfa),Yohan Kebab (Cabaye), Shola Amem­obi (Ameobi) and Goaltier­rez Gu­tier­rez).

Kin­n­ear has al­ready made his first trans­fer de­ci­sion by sanc­tion­ing the sale of James Perch, with Wi­gan head­ing sev­eral clubs who are keen on him.

It’s a de­ci­sion that could spark Kin­n­ear’s first spat with man­ager Alan Pardew, who wanted to give Perch a new con­tract.

Kin­n­ear will also be heav­ily in­volved in mak­ing a de­ci­sion about the fu­ture

(Jonas of Yohan Cabaye, who is wanted by Paris St Ger­main.

But the mid­fielder is still talk­ing about life at St James’ Park next sea­son, when he be­lieves the French play­ers signed in Jan­uary will make a ma­jor im­pact.

“They are go­ing to have more time to adapt to the Pre­mier League style,” he said.

“It was a hard and dif­fi­cult sea­son but I think the fu­ture is go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing be­cause we learned a lot.”

PAR­DON MY FRENCH: Hatem Ben Arfa

and Yohan Cabaye were given com­i­cal new names by Kin­n­ear

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