A YEAR ago today, Joe Kinnear shocked the football world by announcing he was Newcastle United’s new director of football.
Fans presumed it was some sort of belated April Fool’s stunt, and the joke was firmly on them.
Newcastle were warned it would end in tears, and the signs were there from day one that the appointment would set the club back hugely.
Kinnear went rogue, immediately alienating the fanbase and players with a series of misguided, laughable interviews.
Twelve months on, Kinnear is long gone at St James’s Park, but the effects of his spell at the club are surely still being felt.
Two windows came and went with Kinnear supposedly in charge of transfers, and no senior signings were made.
That led to his resignation in February, with the controversial sale of Yohan Cabaye – or ‘Kebab’, as Kinnear referred to him as in his infamous talkSPORT interview – the final nail in the coffin.
The inability of Kinnear to complete transfer business means Newcastle face a much busier summer than they would have wanted.
Reinforcements in the striking positions, on the wings, in midfield and at the back are needed, with Kinnear having helped to scupper a number of deals during his time at the club.
Newcastle’s reputation on the continent also took a hit with the incompetent Kinnear in charge, and it remains to be seen whether that has been recovered by his departure.
Kinnear’s spell on Tyneside was a dark one off the pitch for United, and now it’s time for the club to move forward without him.
Things could have been a lot worse – the chaos he created could have led to a relegation battle last season – and the hope is that new managing director Lee Charnley will have sorted out some of the mess.
Kinnear will surely never again hold a position of power at St James’s Park.
However, as Mike Ashley has demonstrated time and again during his time as the club’s owner, expect the unexpected.