After seven months and no permanent signings, Joe Kinnear is gone from Newcastle United, but certainly not forgotten.
His time on Tyneside won’t be remembered for the reasons Mike Ashley had hoped when he was appointed Director of Football and supporters have been calling for his removal for quite sometime.
Not only did he fail to make any permanent signings, he said from the outset his tenure should be judged on the quality names he attracts to the club, so the end result was somewhat inevitable.
Some of his claims, not to mention pronunciations, - Yohan Kebab was particularly entertaining - brought embarrassment to all associated with the Magpies.
Here are some of his most memorable quotes and their relationship with the truth.
Kinnear: “I’ve been manager of the year three times…”
The truth: Won LMA manager of the year in 1994 and was voted manager of the month three times that season.
Kinnear: “I signed Dean Holdsworth for £50,000 and sold him for £3m.”
The truth: Signed him for £650,000 from Brentford and sold him to Bolton for £3.5m.
Kinnear: “I’ve never been sacked in my life.”
The truth: Was reportedly sacked by Luton Town in May 2003.
Kinnear: “There are a lot of players still there (at Newcastle) that I worked with. I bought the goalkeeper Tim Krul there and he is a very good goalkeeper.”
Kinnear: “Perch is still there.”
Kinnear: “I only signed the contract (to be Director of Football) last night, (but) it’s been on going for three weeks. Derek Lambeeze [managing director Derek Llambias] resigned and the job became available."
The truth: Derek Llambias was never in the Director of Football role and remains as the club’s managing director.
Kinnear: "I had over 400 games for Tottenham Hotspur."
The truth: Kinnear made 196 Tottenham appearances.
Kinnear: I sold Robbie Earle for x y z."
The truth: Earle remained at Wimbledon and retired a year after Kinnear left.
On standing up to journalists for criticising his appointment as manager back in September 2008. Kinnear: "A lot of the supporters up there are influenced by the media set….because I stood up to about a 100 journalists that night they have a grudge. I remember it, it was after we had beaten Tottenham 2-1. I was asked the question, how do you feel about the whole stadium chanting the name of Alan Shearer? They were gutted we had won."
The truth: His infamous clash with the North-East press pack came in his unveiling press conference in front of less than 25 people ahead of a game against Everton at the training ground.
In his Sky Sports interview on Sunday there were other notable flaws in Kinnear’s argument. Kinnear: “In the two years I was at Newcastle, I got to know the place inside out.”
The truth: He was there for six months, a month of which was spent on sick leave.
Kinnear: “When I had my heart attack we were flying… we were 12th.”
The truth: Newcastle hadn’t won for six games and were 15th in the table
Kinnear: “Geordies are Geordies and they want Geordies working at the club. I suffered because of that.”
The truth: There has been one Geordie manager since 1985, Sir Bobby Robson and, although a Newcastle fan, he was actually from Durham.