20 Years of talkSPORT: Joe Kinnear’s infamous interview and the legend of Yohan Kebab

14 Nov

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Breaking news is our bread and butter too, as we look to keep our listeners and readers up to date on the latest news and we certainly did that in 2013.

Newcastle United were reportedly about to bring in Joe Kinnear as their new director of football but with a confirmation still not out we went straight to the man himself thanks to the extensive contacts book of legendary manager Bobby Gould.

Kinnear took the call and joined Gould and host Andy Goldstein on the Sports Bar.

What followed couldn’t have been anticipated by anyone and saw him reveal the news of his role, get the names of several players wrong, made erroneous transfer claims and said he had ‘more intelligence’ than some of the club’s fans. He also made several boasts, including his array of contacts.

“I can open the door to any manager in the world, anyone, that’s the difference,” said Kinnear.

“I’ve spent my whole life talking to [Sir] Alex Ferguson, week in, week out. I can pick the phone up at any time of the day and speak to Arsene Wenger, any manager in the league. In all the divisions.”


Not only had talkSPORT got the news everyone in the football world was after but we blew the lid off the stunning goings-on at Newcastle.

The stunning quotes, which saw ‘Yohan Kebab’ pass into folklore, and landed Kinnear in hot water with the fans were ran across the nation in every newspaper and on every website.

His appointment was confirmed a few days after the interview on talkSPORT with Kinnear being handed a three-year deal but he failed to make a single permanent signing for the club in the same summer, bringing in only Loic Remy on loan.

He failed again in the January 2014 window and lost star man Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain for £20million and landing Luuk de Jong on loan.

Kinnear resigned just days after and to compound the misery De Jong only managed zero goals in 12 appearances.

Somehow they stayed up, finishing in 10th place, but it was one hell of a season and talkSPORT were there from start to finish.


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