An article from an Irish newspaper describing Joe Kinnear's appointment at St James' Park ...
Joe Kinnear reminded us this week of his undisputed standing as the most bellicose, bullying throwback in all of English football, foul towards those who cast the slightest aspersions and incapable of pronouncing a foreign player’s name if his life depended on it.
The unlovable Kinnear is easily imagined as the type of oaf who, if he ever wandered into a boulangerie to be asked “Pain, monsieur?”, would shoot back, “Nah, bread!”
His conduct is so utterly classless that his first public remark, during that ill-starred four-month spell managing on Tyneside, was to denigrate a reporter with the crudest word in the English language.
It seems extraordinary that a man so denuded of linguistic dexterity, lately bequeathing to our lexicon such jewels as “Yohan Kebab” and “Derek Lambezi” should once have found himself the manager of India and Nepal.
Yes, I had to read that twice, too.
Seldom has there been so great a leap of imagination as to imagine Kinnear of Kathmandu.
And yet there he was, in the autumn of 1983, crossing the Annapurnas by private jet and taking training at the foot of Everest. One shudders to imagine, though, how his introduction to Crown Prince Dipendra might have unfolded. “No, Mr Kinnear, not Defender. Dipendra.”
The late prince, you may not be aware, was counted by Kinnear as “one of my closest friends”.
In 2001, Dipendra attained worldwide notoriety in one of the most dramatic royal scandals of modern times, when he shot and killed nine members of his family and himself, reputedly over his intention to marry a lower class of aristocrat. Or, as the ever-sensitive Kinnear so delicately put it: “He was the King’s son, he had to marry some other bird. The usual c---. So he killed them all and blew his brains out.”
You would expect Kinnear, given his connections at the highest echelons of Himalayan nobility, to be a touch more culturally attuned.
NEWCASTLE UNITED FIXTURES
All in all it's a good fixture list - and no matter how you dress it up, we have to play 19 clubs home and away, does it REALLY matter what order they come?
We go to Stadium of Shite on Oct 26, and the Mackems come to St James' Park on Feb 1st.
Our Boxing Day fixture is home to Stoke; New Years Day away to West Brom; and we finish the campaign at Anfield on May 11th.
Saturday August 17
15:00Premier League Manchester City v Newcastle United
Saturday August 24
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v West Ham United
Saturday August 31
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Fulham Saturday
15:00Premier League Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Saturday September 21
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Hull City
Saturday September 28
15:00Premier League Everton Newcastle v United
Saturday October 5
15:00Premier League Cardiff City v Newcastle United
Saturday October 19
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Liverpool
Saturday October 26
15:00Premier League Sunderland v Newcastle United
Saturday November 2
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Chelsea
Saturday November 9
15:00Premier League Tottenham v Newcastle United
Saturday November 23
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Norwich City
Saturday November 30
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v West Brom
Tuesday December 3
19:45Premier League Swansea City v Newcastle United
Saturday December 7
15:00Premier League Man Utd v Newcastle United
Saturday December 14
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Southampton
Saturday December 21
15:00Premier League Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Thursday December 26
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Stoke City
Saturday December 28
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Arsenal
Wednesday January 1 2014
15:00Premier League West Brom v Newcastle United
Saturday January 11 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester City
Saturday January 18 2014
15:00Premier League West Ham United v Newcastle United
Tuesday January 28 2014
19:45Premier League Norwich City v Newcastle United
Saturday February 1 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Sunderland
Saturday February 8 2014
15:00Premier League Chelsea v Newcastle United
Wednesday February 12 2014
19:45Premier League Newcastle United v Tottenham
Saturday February 22 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Saturday March 1 2014
15:00Premier League Hull City v Newcastle United
Saturday March 8 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Everton
Saturday March 15 2014
15:00Premier League Fulham v Newcastle United
Saturday March 22 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Saturday March 29 2014
15:00Premier League Southampton v Newcastle United
Saturday April 5 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Man Utd
Saturday April 12 2014
15:00Premier League Stoke City v Newcastle United
Saturday April 19 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Swansea City
Saturday April 26 2014
15:00Premier League Arsenal v Newcastle United
Saturday May 3 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Cardiff City
Sunday May 11 2014
15:00Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United
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