Spotted in attendance at Cardiff City’s 2-2 draw with Derby County, Magpies fans would be none too happy to see Joe Kinnear make a return to the game.
An unpopular figure on Tyneside, following troubled spells as manager and later director of football at Newcastle United, rumours have today surfaced claiming Joe Kinnear could be on the comeback trail.
The 67-year-old has been without a job in the professional game since resigning from the latter of those two roles at St James’ Park in February of this year.
However, the man once nicknamed JFK, following a notoriously expletive-laden outburst directed at the waiting media during a press conference held while he was Newcastle manager, may now be plotting a return.
According to a report from the Chronicle, the former Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon manager was in the crowd at Pride Park on Saturday to see Cardiff draw 2-2 with Derby.
His attendance in that fixture, alongside Cardiff life president and former Wimbledon owner Sam Hammam, has prompted some speculation that Kinnear could be in line for a role at the Welsh club.
The Bluebirds are currently managerless, following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week and while it remains to be seen as to whether JFK is being lined up for any role at the club, his presence at the recent game is unlikely to leave many fans feeling confident over the future.
Kinnear was in charge at Newcastle during the season in which the Magpies suffered relegation from the Premier League, though he missed the latter stages of the campaign after being struck down with illness.
He made a surprise return in June 2013, however, with a series of telephone interviews in which he confirmed his appointment as Director of Football but started his second spell at the club on something of a bad footing after mispronouncing several players’ names during an interview with Talksport.
Previously manager of Luton Town, Kinnear would bring plenty in the way of experience to any role at Cardiff, having operated in the lower levels of English football for several years, and previously distinguishing himself as a fine manager at Wimbledon.