Joe Kinnear was a theatrical, comedic goldmine yesterday on Talksport, saying that he’s “more intelligent” than Newcastle United supporters and showing a crushing inability to pronounce the names of Newcastle’s top players. Kinnear called Yohan Cabaye, “Yohan Kebab” and have you ever heard of Hatem Ben Affri? Kinnear went on to make a string of gaffes, calling Shola Ameobi, “Amanobi” and Jonas Gutierrez, “Gaultierez”. Thankfully, Kinnear didn’t have to talk about the likes of Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano.
When asked about supporter unrest, Kinnear told talkSPORT:
“Look at my record. These people ask what have I done. Where have these people been – on another planet? I’ve played in five Cup Finals and won the lot. I played more than 400 games for Tottenham Hotspur.”
“Already they’re jumping on the bandwagon and saying, ‘look out, Pards’. But I expect it, it’s water off a duck’s arse.”
Joe Kinnear made 258 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur as a player, although he did win five cup finals, but that’s if you count a shared Community Shield trophy as a title.
Not stopping there, Kinnear, who managed Newcastle in the 2008-09 season, spoke of how he signed Tim Krul. The Dutchman made his debut in 2006.
In his first spell at Newcastle, Kinnear called Charles N’Zogbia, “Charles Insomnia.” The Frenchman took great offence to this and moved to Wigan Athletic a few weeks later. If that trend continues, then Newcastle are in severe danger of having a depleted squad as players look to leave after having their names pronounced wrong by “football man” Joe Kinnear.
I can’t wait for the next episode of the Joe Kinnear sitcom.
Anyway, elsewhere in football there appears to be significant movement on the transfer front at Arsenal who are favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain.
Until a week ago, Juventus had looked favourites to sign the Argentine international, but their £22 million offer was to be paid in five instalments. Arsenal have gazumped that by offering close to £30 million in one lump sum, which is a much more attractive offer and one that Juventus can’t match. As a result, Juventus have turned to Higuain’s compatriot, Carlos Tevez, leaving the road to Higuain wide open for Arsenal.
Signing a player like Higuain would be a massive show of intent and would hopefully convince players at Arsenal who aren’t starting on a regular basis, players such as Thomas Vermaelen and players entering the last year of their contract, like Bacary Sagna, that Arsenal is the place to be. I don’t think those two leaving would have a major impact on Arsenal, but I think it is very important to keep a squad together and those two are big components of the squad and two leaders.
Nothing has been confirmed yet and won’t be for a few weeks yet, but it appears that Arsenal are finally seizing the initiative in trying to challenge for titles once more.
That’s all from me today, lots to do!
See you tomorrow.