Joe Kinnear’s Top 10 Finest Accomplishments As Newcastle Director Of Football

Chris Wright

4th, February 2014


By Chris Wright

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It’s with much sadness that we have to inform you, but Joe Kinnear has resigned from his post as Newcastle United’s director of football after less than eight months in the role.

Plonked in above Alan Pardew in the managerial food chain at the club, Kinnear was charged with overseeing player recruitment at St James’ Park, though he failed to bring in anyone, as such, on a permanent deal during his tenure – though we’ll give him the fact that Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong both signed on loans of varying lengths.

There goes a true NUFC legend and, to mark his departure, we though we’d recap ten of the finest contributions Kinnear made to the Newcastle cause during his second stint with the club…

1. Firstly, the very thought of Joe Kinnear locked in a room trying to hammer out a deal for Remy Cabella with Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin (that be him below) fills us with unbridled joy…


2. Kinnear, ever the footballing pioneer (a man who, in his own words, can “open the door to any manager in the world; any league, in all the divisions”), really flexed his ‘super scout’ prowess when he successfully managed to sound out Birmingham’s Shane Ferguson as a potential transfer target after watching the young midfielder in action in the League Cup back in September of 2013.

Ferguson, of course, was on loan at Brum from Newcastle at the time…

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Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up!

3. His inspirational programme notes: “(We want) to recruit players whose futures are ahead of them, not behind.” Sound logic if ever we heard it.

4. Erm…oh dear, we’re struggling now…how about the time he claimed he’d signed Tim Krul, only for it to turn out that the Dutch keeper arrived at Newcastle a full TWO YEARS before Kinnear turned up on Tyneside?

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