Just over seven months in the job at Newcastle was clearly been enough for the most-connected man in football.
Joe Kinnear snuck out the backdoor and after his ‘Ball of Shame’ worthy performance the Paddy Power marketing department stopped Snapchatting with HR for long enough to project this summary of his achievements at St James’ Park during Wednesday night’s game against Tottenham (which they lost 4-0).
The projection, appearing on the side of Newcastle’s stadium, reads: “Kinnear out on a free, who said he couldn’t do good business” was supposed to be a reminder to Newcastle’s hard-done-by fans that they are clearly better off without the LMA Manager of the Year from 1994.
Yet, as soon as Joe leaves, it all goes to shit.
I take it everyone saw the Paddy Power Joe Kinnear thing outside the ground? — Neil Cameron (@NeilCameron5) February 12, 2014
The question now is: where next for big Joe?
With no managerial experience in five years his options look limited. He is 50/1 to be the next manager of Leeds and 25/1 for his next job to be as director of football at a Premier League club.
Worryingly for Newcastle fans and, for the country, he is just 9/1 to be the next boss at St James’ Park and 14/1 to get a role with the FA.
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