Saturday, October 4, 2008

Joe Kinnear and a bit of fuss regarding cussing

As you've probably read or seen, Joe Kinnear had a slight loss of composure during a recent interview. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview here.

This is not a great development for a man who noted, in respect of his appointment as manager of Newcastle, "The fans will be disappointed".

Russell Brand, ever the pragmatist, has written an insightful and funny article on this fiasco. Here are a few extracts:

"The raw humanity of the cussing is what makes it interesting, Joe has truly stripped all subterfuge and mystery from communication - his press conference breakdown has exposed the tension at the heart of the relationship between the press and those who they write about ....

"What this press conference and Kinnear's agitation reveal is that he failed to anticipate the kind of environment he was going into. He can't have thought that managing Newcastle for a brief period at a time of crisis when the fans are demanding either Christ, Shearer or Keegan would be the footballing equivalent of a Chas & Dave record; surely he must've expected scrutiny and pressure? ...

"After a good 20 minutes of what must've been a very difficult situation a Newcastle press officer tried to salvage something by insisting that they "talk football", but by then the damage had been done and the pungent stink of swearwords and conflict must've been stifling - only a lapdance, a firework or a spontaneous romance could've rescued the situation and what was offered instead was the question: "How's training going?" ..."

Read the whole article here.


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