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Joe Kinnear Hits Back at ‘Clueless Coach’ Alan Shearer in Newcastle Row: Daily Soccer Report

joe kinnear1 Joe Kinnear Hits Back at Clueless Coach Alan Shearer in Newcastle Row: Daily Soccer Report

Newcastle United Director of Football Joe Kinnear has hit back at club legend Alan Shearer by calling him a clueless coach.

The criticism is in response to Shearer who earlier this week said he was sickened by the Newcastle PR disaster surrounding the recent events that had turned the club into a laughing stock. Shearer’s words were a result of owner Mike Ashley appointing a new member to his “Cockney Mafia” at the club with Kinnear joining the club in a senior role thereby undermining manager Alan Pardew’s authority at the club.

Here’s what Kinnear said today in the Sunday Times interview:

“What Shearer says is diabolical. This is a guy who hasn’t got a clue about coaching.

“The last game of the [2008-09] season he came up with the master idea of playing Damien Duff at left-back. Damien is one of the best left-wingers in the business, but can’t tackle. And we went down with an own goal from Damien. Shearer keeps slagging me off. He is being disrespectful to me. I am entitled to fight back.”

While I agree with Kinnear’s analysis of Shearer’s lack of quality as a manager, is this what a director of football should be doing? And by doing so, he’s ruining his relationship with many Newcastle fans who idolize Shearer as a club legend.

Let’s hope that Joe Kinnear is putting more energy into his role as director of football instead of badmouthing Newcastle United legends like Alan Shearer in the press. What do you think? Should Kinnear shut up and get on with his job, or did he do the right thing by putting Shearer in his place? Give us your opinion in the comments section below.

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9 Responses to Joe Kinnear Hits Back at ‘Clueless Coach’ Alan Shearer in Newcastle Row: Daily Soccer Report

  1. brn442 says:

    Fair points by Kinnear but Shearer would be the first to admit he is no Brian Clough.

    And as you’ve said – him slagging off, rightfully or not, a Newcastle legend, will not make his job as Director of Football any easier.

  2. jtm371 says:

    J Kinnear is a jacka$$.i lived thru his tenure at Forest not all his fault but he played a big part with their demotion to League 1.Guarantee Pardew will not make the full season at NUFC.

  3. Marc L says:

    What an utter and complete train wreck. When I looked at the Toon forum the prevailing sentiment there was that Kinnear was brought aboard merely to antagonize Pardew so that the latter would quit and take NU off the hook for that immensely long contract they’ve signed him to.

    Sounds like the kind of just moronic-to-level-1,000 thing that would have happened during the Swales era at City, actually.

  4. Wongo1 says:

    Can you say Championship!!

  5. Peter Moorhead says:

    Shearer is a God and the buffoon from the south is brainless idiot. How dare he comment about the Geordie people. He does not deserve to be associated in any capacity at Newcastle FC. He was an average player and now he should be in the dementia unit.

  6. Smokey Bacon says:

    About time someone dished it out to Shearer. He was a useless coach and a worse pundit. Never liked the bloke despite his record for England. Kinnear is a terrible appointment but he is right to defend himself from someone who could not drive a coach let alone be one.

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