The bottomless pit of misery that is Newcastle United has sunk to new ridiculous levels of incompetence as conflicting reports have emerged over an offer for Joe Kinnear to return to the club as their manager.
According to Kinnear, who spent four-and-a-half months as a caretaker manager of the Magpies last season, the Irishman met with chairman Derek Llambias and the club “offered me a two-year contract and wanted to announce it last week. But I put it on hold [for health reasons.]” Kinnear stressed that within a month he is hoping to receive the all-clear to return to football, and at that point he could well return to the Toon.
Despite Kinnear’s forthright and plain-spoken account of how the job offer was made, the Newcastle management have since denied that any offer has been made to their former coach.
The Times’ Jason Mellor was used as the mouthpiece of the club, announcing that “sources at St James’ Park insist Kinnear has his wires crossed, and that a new contract has not been offered. Ashley remains unwilling to appoint a permanent manager during his protracted efforts to sell the club.”
Speaking at the launch of Championship Manager 2010, an interview with Joe Kinnear over his job offer revelation can be seen here.