The Joe Kinnear school of media management

This, from Joe Kinnear’s inaugural and quite likely only press conference as caretaker manager of beleagured Newcastle United Football Club, is priceless. Nothing like clearing the air from the outset:

JK Which one is Simon Bird [Daily Mirror’s north-east football writer]?

SB Me.

JK You’re a cunt.

SB Thank you.

JK Which one is Hickman [Niall, football writer for the Express]? You are out of order. Absolutely fucking out of order. If you do it again, I am telling you you can fuck off and go to another ground.

He goes on in this vein for quite a while. Read a fuller and even more expletive-littered transcript from The Guardian here >>

The funniest bit of all is where the club press officer intervenes – twice – and declares the whole thing, an official press conference mark you, is off the record.

And if you need more entertainment, try this:

The Joy of Six: manager/media spats