Since yesterday evening, there has certainly been no shortage of statements from Joe Kinnear on being appointed as a new Director of Football at Newcastle.
Like his new colleague Alan Pardew, keeping his mouth buttoned has never been one of Kinnear’s stronger points, though even he has surpassed himself this time with a verbal Tsunami of what he is going to do at Newcastle United over the next few months.
However, at the time of writing, there hasn’t been one word of confirmation or denial from Newcastle United.
Bearing in mind Kinnear’s previous, the club could perhaps be forgiven for not arranging a full press jamboree with Simon Bird in attendance to unveil their new key member of staff. However, at the time of writing, there hasn’t even been a small announcement in the news page of Newcastle United’s official website. Is it just me or is this rather odd?
To borrow the words of Marvin Gaye “What’s going on?”
Is it just the usual “Mickey Mouse” style of administration we have come to expect from Derek Llambias, or has Kinnear managed to pull off one of the greatest April fool’s jokes ever, an April fool’s joke which is all the more unexpected because it’s happening in the middle of June?
Though Alan Pardew is now back at his desk after his annual holiday, he has been uncharacteristically quiet too. Kinnear said that though Pardew has been told of his appointment by Derek Llambias, they hadn’t actually met face to face, or even spoken on the telephone about it, which is perhaps another example of Ashley and Llambias’s Mickey Mouse style.
If indeed it is true (and I am still pinching myself), it is an absolute joke to leave Kinnear to announce it himself. After all the incidents in the past such as inviting Mackem hoaxers to make offers for the club via e.mail, it is now hard to see what Laurel and Hardy can do now to make Newcastle United look any more incompetent and amateurish. No doubt though, they will show me in the fullness of time!