JOE Kinnear has risked alienating the Newcastle fans further by claiming to have “more intelligence than them”.
The 66-year-old has spent the last two days confirming he is back at the club as director of football, heading back to St James’s Park after a short but controversial spell as manager in the 2008-09 season.
Newcastle have yet to officially announce the news but their fans have been quick to voice their dissent, with one fanzine editor, Mark Jenson, saying it made his club a “laughing stock”.
Kinnear’s first time on Tyneside was overshadowed by a foul-mouthed rant at journalists, accusing them of having an agenda against him and, while he returned to his grudge against the media last night, he hit out at the fans as well.
When asked by talkSPORT what he would say to unhappy fans, he said: “To all the fans who don’t agree with this decision, shall I bring (Derek) Llambias (managing director) back in? What do you want? What do they want?
“I don’t know what angle they’ve got, if they want to sit down and argue with me... Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh.
“I’m not accepting it, it’s as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that’s a fact.”
Kinnear’s initial announcement caused surprise in the game, giving how his initial spell with Newcastle panned out.
While his time in the dugout was ended by a heart attack, results on the field contributed to the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
United’s fans have reacted accordingly but Kinnear, who struggled with some Newcastle players’ names, as well as Llambias on talkSPORT, added: “I’m a bit surprised.
“There’s a certain section, exactly the same when I got there.
“I got over 10,000 letters when I had my heart attack, I felt very proud of that and thought I did an excellent job.”
The former Wimbledon boss says fans are being “influenced by the media set” who he claims are trying to turn them against him.
He added: “Already they’re jumping on the bandwagon, ‘watch out Pards’ (United manager Alan Pardew) but that’s the snidey press around that area that have a grudge.”