It’s time for this ridiculous circus to end.
Criticism is one thing, but what has Joe Kinnear supposed to have done to deserve the vilification which has been heaped upon him in the last few days? Has he renamed the Newcastle United’s stadium the Joe Kinnear Arena? Has he sullied Newcastle United’s name by associating it with the UK’s most infamous loan shark? Is he swallowing the club’s identity by turning it into a gigantic free billboard for a retail chain so tacky it makes Poundland look like Harrods?
No, he has come in as a Director of Football to help with recruitment and act as a bridge between the football and the non-football sides of Newcastle United, something which might even turn out to be a good thing. Oh! and he has also given a couple of interviews containing some admittedly ill-chosen words since his arrival. That’s about it really.
All the important, substantive things mentioned above, things which have affected the very fibre of the club have been forgotten now in an orgy of blind hatred for one man who caused none of it.
The fact that Newcastle United could have been relegated with a team which should have been fighting for a place in Europe last season has been forgotten too. The way the media, and regrettably, a very substantial number of fans have been vilifying him, one would be forgiven for thinking he’d been caught abusing children or beating his wife.
I’ve written the following in a previous piece already, but one Newcastle United blog even went so far as wishing that Kinnear would have another heart attack. It make me feel ashamed to know that something so nasty and egregious had been written by a fellow Newcastle United fan. It does us no credit whatsoever, though one would expect that sort of thing from someone like the Mirror’s North East’s football hack, Brian McNally. Back in 2011, he was proudly bragging that he played a role in Kinnear’s last heart attack, probably thinking that would get plaudits for his warped piece. How did we get here?
Despite all the untruths put forward in the media about Graham Carr, Alan Pardew and several of the first team squad being all set to storm out of the club in disgust and righteous fury since Kinnear’s return to St James’ Park, the only person who has actually left is Derek Llambias. If Kinnear had a hand in that, I would say give the man a medal and a statue outside the ground, not wish another heart attack on him.