Darren Foreman: Kinnear’s interview says it all

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Joe Kinnear certainly didn’t write the book ‘How to win friends and influence people’ did he?

Following his bizarre appointment as director of football at Newcastle United, Kinnear was straight on the TV and radio announcing himself and telling everyone he was going to be in charge of this and in charge of that.

He hardly endeared himself to the Geordie nation did he? And I’m pretty sure the players wouldn’t have been too impressed with his shocking attempt at pronouncing players names.

I’m sure Yohan Kebab (Cabaye) and Papiss Sissy (Cisse) will be looking forward to meeting their new ‘boss’.

He’s a dinosaur if you ask me and he certainly doesn’t fit the bill as a modern director of football. A very odd appointment.

I wonder if he has just been brought in to unsettle Alan Pardew and force him out. Derek Llambias has resigned in the aftermath, which indicates something funny is going on up there.

Across the pond, Justin Rose became the first Englishman to win the US Open since 1970.

It was a fantastic result on a testing course.

It just goes to prove that golf doesn’t have to be 7,800 yards and can be a shorter course, a par 70.

Take away the par fives from the pros and it’s more difficult, tighten things up and make the rough very punishing.

The amazing thing was that a +1 score was enough to win it, and by two shots as well.

Hopefully this will be the first of many Englishmen that can now go and win majors.

Rose came out with a lot of dignity as well and came across really well in his interview afterwards. He was humble and impressive.

He is one of the golfers who has set himself up in America. That’s where the biggest tournaments and prizes are, and it’s paid off.

It’s well documented that he finished fourth in the Open at 17, he then turned professional and missed the cut at his next 21 competitions, so he hasn’t had it easy.

He looked the complete player this week and he putted very well too.

You have to feel for Phil Mickelson though, who finished runner-up for the sixth time at the Open.

Spare a thought for Essex, who were bowled out for just 20 by Lancashire in the County Championship. Staggering when one batsmen got 10.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: Justin Rose, withou a shadow of a doubt. Brilliant.


“Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh. I’m not accepting it, it’s simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that’s for sure.”

Joe Kinnear.