Kinnear rebuilding bridges

Joe Kinnear has attempted to build bridges with the Newcastle fans he last week claimed he was more intelligent than.

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Snapshot: Kinnear 'I've had a great football career'

Kinnear will hope he enjoys a better time at Newcastle than when pictured here sat in the stand at St James'. Credit: PA

Following Joe Kinnear's shock appointment as Newcastle's new director of football, the former Toon boss declared "I've had a great football career so I think I'm ideal for this situation," so we rummaged through the archives for some pics.

Joe Kinnear in his playing days at Spurs in 1969 Credit: PA

In 1965 Kinnear joined Tottenham from St Albans City winning the FA Cup once in 1967 and the League Cup twice in 1971 and 1973 in a 10-year spell at White Hart Lane.

Kinnear praying for a win when in charge of Wimbledon Credit: PA

In 1992 Kinnear was appointed manager of Wimbledon with the club bottom of league with 12 games to go. Wimbledon finish 13th and Kinnear landed a five-year contract before having to stand down due to ill health in 1999.

Appointed as Newcastle interim manager in 2008, Kinnear delivered an expletive-packed press conference ahead of first match in charge, with a fierce attack on journalists he believes were ridiculing him and trying to undermine his position.

Kinnear with fans at St James' Park. Credit: PA

Kinnear left due to health problems following a triple bypass and Alan Shearer was named Newcastle manager until the end of the season, but failed to save the club from relegation.

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