It isn’t just because Kinnear of all people, besides a successful period with Wimbledon, hasn’t done much of note (apart from foul-mouthed rants at the press) since retiring from the game in 1976. But it’s how the club have gone about the appointment.
Per Eurosport, Kinnear started claiming he was the new director of football at St. James’ Park on Sunday–an entire two days before the club actually confirmed it.
The club's statement says, via Newcastle United's official website:
“Joe will report directly to the club's Board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters. Chief scout Graham Carr and manager Alan Pardew will report into Joe.”
So, effectively, Alan Pardew is now assistant manager to Kinnear.
And this isn't even mentioning Kinnear’s bizarre radio rant to TalkSport (again, before the club had confirmed his appointment) where he got the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Shola Ameobi’s name wrong and then went on to claim he was smarter than the Toon Army fans.
So, in honor of this incredibly strange hiring, what have been the weirdest appointments in English Premier League history?