Just when you thought Joe Kinnear couldn’t make himself more unpopular in the North East he’s had a go at one of Newcastle’s most famous strikers.
Joe Kinnear has questioned whether Alan Shearer has what it takes to coach at the top level of football; following the former striker’s criticism of Mike Ashley’s decision to appoint Kinnear as Director of Football at the club.
Shearer pointed out last week, as many of us did, that Kinnear’s arrival at the club seemed to undermine the position of current manager Alan Pardew which is a perfectly logical assumption to make.
Well Kinnear has reacted furiously saying: “This is a guy who doesn't have a clue about coaching.”
Shearer did have that brief spell in charge of the Newcastle first team where things didn’t exactly go according to plan and it’s still something he seems to be reeling from because he hasn’t dipped back into management since.
The point is Kinnear is a figure at Newcastle who doesn’t have a lot of friends already and there will still be some Newcastle fans who don’t see the logic in bringing him back to the club.
Fair enough, Newcastle had a poor season last time round, but Pardew deserves the chance to put that right instead of literally having someone waiting for him to slip up and get the sack so he can move on.
Shearer is an idol in the Newcastle so it’s a very dangerous game for Kinnear to play, criticising someone who remains extremely popular with the supporters.
Kinnear needs to start building bridges everywhere because if he does have aspirations to take Pardew’s job, that will be made slightly easier if he’s actually got a little bit of support on his side.
It all seems a little dictatorial on the part of Kinnear; criticise me and I’ll throw insults right back in your direction.
“Shearer keeps slagging me off. He is being disrespectful to me. I am entitled to fight back,” added Kinnear.
It’s not slagging off, it’s just a logical assumption based on the current situation which the masses, not just Shearer, are all thinking.
If this is how Kinnear reacts to being questioned by a former Newcastle player and manager at this early stage, the mind boggles as to what he’ll do when the insults get heavier and arrive with more authority.
He should consider himself very fortunate that he’s been allowed back anywhere near Newcastle United because of his relationship with the owner.
Had that link not existed, there wouldn’t be a Newcastle fan in the North East who would have put him in his current position.
What do you think? Does Shearer have a point? Is Kinnear entitled to fight his corner?
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