JK: Which one is Simon Bird?
JK: You’re a c*nt.
SB: Thank you.
JK: Which one is Hickman? You are out of order. Absolutely f*cking out of order. If you do it again, I am telling you you can f*ck off and go to another ground. I will not come and stand for that f*cking crap. No f*cking way, lies. F*ck, you’re saying I turned up and the players f*cked off.
SB: No Joe, have you read it, it doesn’t actually say that. Have you read it?
JK: I’ve f*cking read it, I’ve read it.
SB: It doesn’t say that. Have you read it?
JK: You are trying to f*cking undermine my position already.
SB: Have you read it, it doesn’t say that. I knew you knew they were having a day off.
JK: F*ck off. F*ck off. It’s your last f*cking chance.
That was part of Joe Kinnear’s well-publicised tirade of expletives last October just after he took over the manager’s position at Newcastle. To be honest, regardless of what I think of Joe’s managerial abilities, I had a certain amount of sympathy for him. The press were ripping into us at every opportunity (they still do) and they gave him a particularly rotten time after he was named as manager. That’s not to say I’m endorsing such behaviour – Joe really should have risen above it and acted professionally – merely that I can understand his frustration with the relentless press ridicule the club suffers and his desire to strike back. In the end of course it just led to more ridicule. It’s the sort of thing that would have been much funnier if it had happened at another club.
Anyway, it seems Joe is ready for a return to management after being given the all-clear. Joe said:
“I’ve gone from bad to being much, much better than I was. I’ve got the all-clear. Things are working out well for me. I feel as fit as a fiddle.
“I love the game. I’m desperate to get back into it. It just depends where and when. I just hope it happens sooner than later.
“My contract was up at the end of the season. Mike knows I’m still available. I’m not sure how far down the road they are of selling it.
“I spoke to Mike last week. He told me he has people very much interested in it and maybe the decision for me to go back there is away from him, because obviously new owners might come in.
“Obviously if they don’t and they haven’t got anybody else I thoroughly enjoyed my time when I was up there. I thought I did well up there. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the people. I enjoyed the team.
“I’m pretty sure that the run I got the team on at the time, it would have seen us through, but it’s a bit late for that now.
“My opportunity would be to support Mike and Derek (Llambias). They are the people who gave me the job in the first place. If it does come, with the same scenario as last season, then I’m ready for the fight.”
So it looks like he’s vying for a return to Newcastle management, although I can’t imagine it will happen. Still, at least Joe’s heart is fixed, although presumably they didn’t address the Tourettes.