Joe Kinnear – keep your head down and collect your pay cheques

As soon as Joe Kinnear was appointed Newcastle caretaker manager, we knew it was bad news. And while Soccerlens promises you Football News You Can Trust, we cannot claim that this was one of those instances where we went against the crowd to bring you the real story. There were not too many people outside the Kinnear household proclaiming this to be an astute signing.

We immediately gave you a host of reasons why Kinnear and Newcastle were not suited, but we can now add to this list that he is completely paranoid and prone to obscene rants at journalists for no apparent reason.

Kinnear himself has said all along that he is keeping the seat warm for Kevin Keegan. He knows he could be out of a job tomorrow if anyone manages to complete a takeover of Newcastle. So why let it all get on top of you? He cannot achieve anything in his time in charge because it is likely to be a short tenure and you cannot plan anything when you do not know how long you will be in the job. His job is to prepare the team and send them out to play (with the disclaimer that nobody will be too surprised if they lose).

His outbursts to journalists were incredible for a whole host of reasons. Firstly, should someone with a history of heart trouble be working themselves into that sort of state over something so minor? I suspect your doctor would say not, Joe. Secondly, it shows that Kinnear is coming back into a football world that has changed a lot since he was last a top-flight manager. The media glare on football managers has increased considerably while he has been away. His ignorance of this and his defiance of the advice offered by the Newcastle press officer showed that he is not well-equipped to cope with these situations.

While some top managers have not been averse to using a bit of industrial language (Alex Ferguson’s press conferences are notorious for needing to be cleaned up before the quotes can be used) they did not walk in and start swearing at journalists in their first week in the job. Perhaps Kinnear is more astute than he is getting credit for, and is trying to create some sort of siege mentality at St James’ Park. Unfortunately, I suspect it is more likely that he is not thick-skinned enough to cope with the highest profile job of his career.

Kinnear would do well to take a leaf out of Chris Hughton’s book: concentrate on the team, ignore the rest, and wait for the Messiah’s third coming.

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